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Israel Publishes Plan to Solve Urgent Water Crisis in Jewish and Arab Communities in Judea and SamariaTuesday, August 9th, 2016
By Michael Bachner/TPS
Jerusalem (TPS) – The Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee’s Subcommittee on Judea and Samaria convened on Monday to discuss and approve a new executive plan to implement an immediate solution to the water shortage in both Jewish and Arab communities in Judea and Samaria. A total of 26 water reservoirs of up to 400 cubic meters each will be built throughout the region to reduce the amount of water shortages, at a cost of six million shekels (approximately USD 1.5 million).
The plan was formulated as a result of a collaborative effort by the Civil Administration, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), the Water Authority, Israel’s national water company Mekorot, the National Emergency Authority, and local councils in the region.
“I am glad that all the relevant authorities have come together to find a short-term solution that will enable regular water supply after years of neglecting the water infrastructure,” said Deputy Defense Minister Eli Ben-Dahan. “This is not the last word though. I intend to work together with National Infrastructure Minister Yuval Steinitz to promote long-term master plans for developing the water infrastructure in Judea and Samaria.”
However, due to a lack of funds for the project and the urgency of finding a solution to the water shortage in the mid-August heat, Minister Ben-Dahan is expected to request additional funding from Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon.
According to Mekorot, there is currently a water shortage of 7000 to 9000 cubic meters a day in Judea and Samaria. Experts in the field claim that this is due to a long period of negligence in the water sector and that none of the authorities had adequately prepared for the increase in population and in agricultural fields that require large amounts of water.
The severe shortage has affected both Jewish and Arab residents of the region. However, Palestinian Authority and international organizations as well as media outlets have been blaming Israel for what they perceive as a deliberate policy to withhold water from Palestinian Authority communities.
Israeli sources have repeatedly denied the charges, citing that the shortage existed in Jewish communities as well. The Israeli Water Authority has blamed Palestinian Authority Arabs for stealing water and for refusing to convene the Israeli-PA Joint Water Committee, which was established under the 1993 Oslo Accords, a step that would be necessary in order to upgrade the outdated infrastructure.
Idit Druyan, spokeswoman for Deputy Defense Minister Ben-Dahan, told Tazpit Press Service (TPS) that the solution would affect Jewish and Arab communities alike.
“The pipe system needs to be fixed to prevent it from becoming overloaded in certain spots,” Druyan said. “When this is done and balance is restored to the various parts of the pipe, all communities will benefit.”
“Today, the problem mainly affects communities that are 800 meters above sea level,” she added. “Once we fix that problem, then the lower communities, including the Palestinian villages and towns, will also have more water.”TPS / Tazpit News Agency
IDF soldier Ilan Yankelevich, z’l, 19, died Wednesday after drowning in a reservoir near Kibbutz Kissufim, not far from the border with Gaza.
According to a medic at the scene, several youths called for assistance after Yankelevich entered the water but didn’t come out after half an hour had passed.
Firefighters who arrived with extrication equipment were assisted by IDF soldiers and together they found and pulled the victim ashore. Although he showed no signs of life, medics repeatedly attempted to resuscitate him; but after several minutes passed without success they were “forced to pronounce his death,” medic Omer Bitton said.
The cause of the drowning is not known.Hana Levi Julian
During the IDF raid and fighting that captured and killed members of the Hamas terror cell that murdered Rabbi Miki Mark of Otniel, a high power line near the village of Tzurif was damaged.
This power line supplies electricity to the Gush Etzion area, and specifically to the regional water pumps.
As a result, the Gush Etzion and Efrat water tanks are very low on Wednesday morning, and residents have been asked to minimize water usage until the electric company can fix the line.
UPDATE: The electric line was fixed around 7:45 AM, and the regional water tank are now being refilled.Jewish Press News Briefs
Iran may sell to Russia some 40 ton of heavy water, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said on Tuesday, TASS reported. “We are currently in negotiations with Russia on the sale of 40 tons of heavy water, there are also other buyers ready to purchase it from us,” the minister said.
Araghchi noted that the negotiations are still going on, adding, “I don’t known when [the agreement will be reached], these are commercial negotiations, they continue.”
According to Araghchi, the Iranians have recently sold 32 tons of heavy water to the US. “The deal has been finalized, the money has already been transferred to the accounts of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization,” he said.
In January, Iran removed the core of its Arak heavy water nuclear reactor and filled it with cement as required under a nuclear deal reached between Iran and six world powers, TASS reported. Like the US, Russia is eager to purchase Iran’s excess heavy water and enriched uranium, Alexei Karpov, the Russian deputy permanent representative to international organizations in Vienna, told reporters on Tuesday.
“We’ll be ready, as a possible option, to continue such work on enriched uranium in the future, if Iran requests,” he said. “As for heavy water, we are also ready to assist Iran in this issue by buying the needed amount of this material.”
Heavy water is a form of water that contains a larger than normal amount of the hydrogen isotope deuterium, rather than the common hydrogen-1 isotope that makes up most of the hydrogen in normal water. Deuterium oxide is used in nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy when the solvent of interest is water and the nuclide of interest is hydrogen.
Iran produced deuterated solvents in early 2011 for the first time at its plant for production of heavy water at Khondab near Arak.David Israel
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday met with Christian supporters of Israel in Nairobi, Kenya. The following is an excerpt from his remarks:
“I am glad, I am glad I have the opportunity, the privilege really of coming to Africa to meet you.
We appreciate this friendship and we’re expanding it to the continent of Africa. Yesterday I had a remarkable meeting in Uganda hosted by the President of Uganda, and six other African leaders including President Kenyatta there. Seven leaders from seven African countries talking about how to expand Israel’s relationship with their countries but with all the countries of Africa.
“Israel is coming back to Africa. Africa is coming back to Israel.
“And I believe that this is important for all Africans, all Africans, Christians, Muslims, all Africans.
“We produce water. We’ve had a substantial decline in rainfall since the establishment of modern Israel. And our population has grown ten times and our GDP per capita has grown 40 times. We should have a big water problem but we don’t, we have a water surplus. We have a water surplus because we’ve developed ingenuity to overcome this.
“And we are eager to share all of this with our African friends. This is the importance of this meeting.
“I had an extraordinary meeting today and we’re still going to have an extension, this dinner tonight with President Kenyatta who is a real friend. And we intend to continue and expand this relationship here and in the other countries. But at the heart of it, the connection with the people is a very sound idea, it’s the right idea and that’s why I am expecting you in Jerusalem.”
Interestingly, at least part of Israel – Judea and Samaria — is experiencing daily water shortages, but mostly due to two of Israel’s most acute problems: a bureaucracy that failed to upgrade the supply systems, and hundreds of millions of gallons of water being stolen annually by Arabs.JNi.Media
On Sunday night, police stopped a suspicious looking Arab vehicle for inspection near the Maaleh Adumim junction heading towards Azariya, next to Jerualem.
In the vehicle they found 4 crates of fireworks and 200 9mm bullets.
During Arab riots in Jerusalem and on the Temple Mount, fireworks are launched at police and at Jewish-owned buildings.
The three passengers, residents of Azariya, were arrested.
On Friday morning, police received a call about a suspicious-acting Arab man on the side of the road between Maale Adumim and Keidar.
As the police approached, the man ran, and a foot chase began until they caught him.
Where the man had been standing, the police found welding tools, drills and other equipment.
The man had already damaged the water infrastructure by the time police got there, and he was attempting to damage an electric tower when they arrived.
The man was arrested. He is also from Azariya.