Jessica McCallin

Jessica McCallin is a a freelance journalist focusing on the interplay between environmental and economic issues, with a particular interest in environmental issues in the Middle East. She has written for a variety of U.K. and European environmental magazines, including the London Guardian, London Times, and Financial Times.

Without fair water distribution, the Middle East peace process is all dried up

A variety of explanations have been offered as to why Israel is reluctant to redistribute water resources. The most obvious reason is that doing so would require a change in Israeli lifestyles: no more private swimming pools and green lawns. But the motives go deeper than that, according to Robin Twite, director of the Environment Program for the Jerusalem-based Israeli/Palestine Center for Research and Information, a public-policy think-tank. Twite says Israelis have what he calls a “mythical belief in development.” Blood and Water Part II in a two-part series. Click here to read Part I. “Since first settling the land …

Israel and Palestine struggle over water in an arid land

Oil, namely the vast reserves in Iran, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia, is the cause of many of the broad geopolitical battles plaguing the Middle East. But it is access to water, a more fundamental resource, that is at the root of much of the bitter conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Blood and Water Part One in a two-part series. Click here to read Part Two. Case in point: The Palestinians say they rejected a recent peace proposal from Israel because, among other things, it didn’t give them control of water resources within their territory. Granted, it’s tough to …

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