Water Politics in Israel

This project focuses on water as a political tool in the Middle East that has the potential to lead to both conflict and cooperation.  Israel is considered a water scarce country and also shares many of its main sources of water with its neighbors which makes it an ideal place to look at the effects of water on political relations.  Although historically water scarcity has lead to conflict there is some evidence that more recently it has begun to lead to collaboration.  This is increasingly important in the face of climate change, increasing population growth and overall decreasing water quality and availability.

The Sea of Galilee (also known as Lake Kinneret or Lake Tiberias) is the largest freshwater lake in Israel and is an important source of drinking water for the entire country.  As a result it is closely monitored and has historically been at the center of several water related conflicts.

The Sea of Galilee (also known as Lake Kinneret or Lake Tiberias) is the largest freshwater lake in Israel and is an important source of drinking water for the entire country. As a result it is closely monitored and has historically been at the center of several water related conflicts.

By Leah Kaiser

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