The Syrian War and Israel’s water supply

The Golan water-shed is the source for more than 55 percent of Israel’s fresh water needs and forms part of the ground water reserves that supplies Israel with most of their water supply.
Although the core issue of the Arab-Israeli conflict has always been the Palestine question, water has been a continuous matter of dispute that is intrinsically linked to it.

Because half of Israel’s water demands are being met outside of its internationally recognised borders, water has become a major factor in all past disputes, especially over the Golan Heights. The Golan water-shed is the source for more than 55 percent of Israel’s fresh water needs and forms part of the main aquifer-system that supplies Israel with most of their water supply. Together with the Jordan river headwaters originating near the disputed “Sheeba Farms” in south Lebanon, Wazzani springs, the Hasbani and Banyas, are all receiving their main sources from the 2800m Hermon mountain massiv. It should be stressed that most of the tributary streams flowing into the Jordan and Lake Tiberias originate on the Golan slopes. As past history conflicts over these water disputes demonstrated, only an Israeli presence in the basins of these streams can assure their continued flow to Lake Tiberias.

http://defense-update.com/newscast/1206/analysis/analysis-291206.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golan_Heights

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