Does somebody knows that a multilateral and governamental process of collaboration on water among Palestinian Authority, Israel and Jordan is successfully working since 1992?
Amongst the existing multi-lateral processes in the area, the most important is certainly the Jordan- Israel - Palestinian Authority process on water , the so-called Middle East Multilateral Working Group (MEMWG) which is part of the Middle East Peace Process and has worked uninterruptedly since 1992 – in spite of the Intifada’s and jointly with the donor governments (United States, European Union, Norway, England, the Netherlands and others) to the development of all those knowledge apparatuses which are required to the implementation of a unitarian management system. Amongst the projects in progress, we should mention the Regional Data Banks (RWDB). MEMWG is managed by an executive team (the Executive Action Team – EXACT- chaired by the United States) composed by government representatives of Jordan, Israel and PA. MEMWG is an opportunity for the parties to meet, discuss and plan a final agreement on water, almost to demonstrate that there are technical solutions which would enable everybody to benefit of the resources available. The solutions cannot certainly be trivial, since the conditions – even on the mere hydrological point of view – are complex, but the value to pay more attention to in this multilateral process certainly lies in the implementation of solidarity criteria at regional scale. It is therefore obvious – even though rarely mentioned – that the water issue in the basin of River Jordan is on its way to a technical solution. We still wait the political one!!