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Israel: Cold Front Warmly Received

The snow and icy rains that chilled Israel this weekend received a warm welcome from its residents. As the rainy season draws to a close, many fear that this year's low rainfall will lead to dangerous summer drought.

Rain at the Western Wall (credited to Flash 90 at the Green Prophet)

Rain at the Western Wall (credited to Flash 90 at the Green Prophet)

Ilana Teitelbaum of the Green Prophet writes:

“Though we thrill to the sound of rain thrumming against the windowpanes, at the same time we mutter tensely, ‘It's not enough. It's not enough.'”

On The Muqata, Litvshe gushes:

Snow in Beit El (credited to Yishai Fleisher)

Snow in Beit El (credited to Yishai Fleisher)

Finally! Snow has come to Beit-El!!! After months of waiting, Winter has finally shown up.

On Kumah, Yishai Fleisher also posts photos of snow in the Holy Land, including this scene in the hills of Beit El.

Dion Nissenbaum at Checkpoint Jerusalem notes that Israeli supermodel Bar Rafaeli has just been chosen by the Water Authority to educate the public on water conservation. Rafaeli will join other celebrities in an effort to draw the country's attention to the crisis.

Over at What War Zone???, Benji Lovitt, the consummate comedian of the Israeli blogosphere, gets into the act. When political party Kadima's website appeared to be hacked during the elections, Lovitt joked:

Kadima Site Hacked (credited to Benji Lovitt)

Kadima Site Hacked (credited to Benji Lovitt)

What's with the angry armed dude? To be fair, I don't know what he's doing with the gun so I can't call him a terrorist. It could be a water pistol which would REALLY be a crime based on the horrible drought.

In contrast, Matt Beynon Rees, has serious concerns about the geopolitical implications of the impending water shortage. Rees points out that regional water shortages threaten the delicately balanced security of Israel and its neighbors. Having sustained major damage from this winter's Cast Lead Operation, Gaza's sewage system is barely operational. To the North, Syria is entering its fifth year of insufficient rainfall. Both countries are desperately seeking international aid in order to prepare for the long, dry summer ahead. Rees observes:

It’s the latest dramatic chapter in what might be called the real crisis of the Middle East — the chronic water shortage affecting much of the Levant… Academics have been warning for years that a Middle East war could one day be fought over water, rather than land… Maybe deserts just weren’t meant to bloom.

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1 comment

  • Ibn Verga

    I hope I’ll start heated conversation about this subject. First to extract oil you need a huge amount of water, at least here in North America, I am sure it’s same in Middle East. Where that water is coming from? Second the Jews are very innovative, instead of building better military mouse trap, what about water one? There has to be a huge reservoir of water underground and of course there is the Sea. Lets hear suggestions. From Arab & Muslim readers ideas are very welcome, we don’t have to all the time talk how to kill each other.

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