Far away from the media and public’s eye, a framework agreement is presently being discussed by the Israeli and Palestinian negotiation teams, mediated by a persistent Secretary of State Kerry. The core issues of Jerusalem, refugees, Israeli settlements in the West Bank, and security arrangements are surely being addressed, issues that the two peoples have been unable to agree upon for decades. One of the conflict’s core issues, though, could potentially be solved tomorrow, at a low political cost and a much needed political gain for both sides, and lead the way to renewed mutual trust. Reaching agreements on the issue of shared natural water resources must be addressed as part of the framework agreement, and the reality in the region permits such understandings now more than ever.
Current shared water arrangements were set by the ...more