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‘Water Issue Held Hostage To The Detriment Of The Israelis And Palestinians’ – 9 June 2014

A Palestinian boy drinks water next to a cart loaded with containers filled with water from public taps in the northern Gaza Strip (Reuters/Mohammed Salem)

A Palestinian boy drinks water next to a cart loaded with containers filled with water from public taps in the northern Gaza Strip (Reuters/Mohammed Salem)

RT: You’re saying there must be a new agreement to replace the Oslo Accords between Israeli and the Palestinians when it comes to water. Why is the old system not working, in your view?

Gideon Bromberg: The situation on the ground speaks for itself. The Oslo Accords were signed 20 years ago as an interim agreement that was supposed to be replaced after five years. Perhaps like no other issue of the final status, water simply cannot wait. The population has increased, in fact the Palestinian population has almost doubled in these last 20 years. Palestinians are not getting enough water to meet their basic needs and the treatment of sewage has not progressed. So we are seeing a lot more pollution of shared Israeli-Palestinian water. It is really a lose- lose situation at the moment, where both sides are failing to meet their urgent needs – water and pollution prevention – by sticking to the agreement that was supposed to be replaced [years ago].

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