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Seth M. Siegel takes a comprehensive look at Israel’s role as a "water superpower."

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September 24, 2015 10:59
Seth M. Siegel

Seth M. Siegel. (photo credit: TALIA SIEGEL)

 
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Capturing Israel’s revolution from thirsting wasteland to thriving wellspring, Seth M. Siegel meticulously traces a fledgling nation’s quest to emerge as an international “water superpower,” in his new book Let There Be Water: Israel’s Solution for a Water- Starved World.

Setting the tone for the 260 pages to follow, Siegel begins his work by drawing a stark comparison between the attitudes of Israelis and Americans toward water – an awareness of a precious resource ingrained in childhood education versus a relative nonchalance. A critically scarce resource that has held a central place in Israeli folk music and literature, Theodor Herzl’s original Zionist writings and even in the Bible, water has always been considered a precious commodity in the Land of Israel – which Siegel effectively conveys throughout his book.

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