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 …
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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.