Importing water: An idea abandoned

January 29, 2009 10:35


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


Water importation is not being seriously considered as a solution to the crisis. In 2004, Israel signed an agreement with Turkey to import 50 million cu.m./yr. However, by 2006, the two countries had set aside that agreement. While Turkey had apparently prepared its facilities for the operation, Israel decided adequate means to transport the water could not be found. While a fleet of ships was considered, it would have taken too long and cost too much to build. The government decided it was wiser to invest that money in desalination plants. Water professionals have said that they had always understood the deal to be more about improving diplomatic relations with Turkey than about the water itself. While Israel and Turkey are still seriously considering a utilities pipeline, which could include a water pipe, water is no longer the main focus. Two things have changed. One, Israel has committed very seriously to desalination. Two, climate change is likely to reduce Turkey's water supply, leaving that country with far less of a surplus, Water Authority head Prof. Uri Shani said recently.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content