In Rare Deal, Israel, Jordan, Palestinians Shake Hands Over Something: Water

In Rare Deal, Israel, Jordan, Palestinians Shake Hands Over Something: Water

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The Dead Sea, which faces a rapidly shrinking water level, has been a source of constant quarreling in a water-scarce region plagued by seemingly endless political turmoil.

But, on Monday, in a moment of rarity, Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority signed a historic agreement at the World Bank headquarters in Washington, D.C., aimed at fostering water cooperation and initiating a project to help “save” the body of water.

“I am pleased that the long-term engagement of the World Bank has facilitated this next step by the three governments, which will enhance water availability and facilitate the development of new water through desalination,” Inger Andersen, the World Bank’s vice president for the Middle East and North Africa, said in a statement.

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