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Israel-Jordan Ties Boosted by Rare Alignment in Interests on Water, Energy

As scientific warnings of dire climate change-induced drought grow, many in Israel and Jordan cast worried eyes at the river running between them and the critical but limited resources they share.

This month, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change showed unequivocally that the climate is changing faster than previously feared, heaping pressure on finite water supplies even as demands grow greater than ever before. But experts say that instead of provoking an argument, Israel and Jordan could be poised for an unprecedented boom in water cooperation amid technological advancements, climate pressures, and stronger ties.

Warnings about looming “water wars,” including in the Middle East, were often inflated, said Duke University professor Erika Weinthal. “Water is a resource that allows for adversaries to actually find ways to cooperate,” said Weinthal, a specialist in global environmental politics, who has worked extensively on Israel-Jordan issues.

“If you look at the data, you see more cooperation over water than conflict, and where there is conflict, it is usually verbal,” added Weinthal, a leader in the emerging academic field of environmental peace-building. (TOI / VFI News)

“God, we ask that you create truthful and strong ties between Israel and the neighboring countries, and foster peace and prosperity in the region.”