Trump envoy announces Israeli-Palestinian water deal

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In 2013, Israel, Jordan and the Palestinians signed a memorandum of understanding on the water project that included plans to build a desalination plant at the Red Sea. Israel will start to provide the PA areas in Yehudah and Shomron and the Gaza Strip with the water in the immediate future at a reduced rate.

Sometimes called the Two Seas Canal, The Red Sea-Dead Sea Conveyance will run from the Jordanian coastal city of Aqaba by the Red Sea to the Lisan area in the Dead Sea.

"Ireland's foreign policy accords a high priority to efforts to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and we consider that a comprehensive peace based on two sovereign states, and the ending of the occupation, is essential to the future of both Palestinians and Israelis".

"Under the leadership of President Donald J. Trump, Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt successfully supported the Israeli and Palestinian efforts to bridge the gaps and reach an agreement on this vital issue", the White House said in a statement.

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"Water is a precious commodity in the Middle East". At a joint press conference in Jerusalem, however, Greenblatt refused to take any questions regarding his bid to relaunch peace negotiations.

Under the agreement, which was brokered by USA envoy Jason Greenblatt, Israel will sell 32 million cubic metres of water to the Palestinians from its Mediterranean desalination plants - 10 million to Gaza and 22 million to the West Bank.

The desalination plant will produce at least 80 million cubic meters of water annually.

"I am proud of the role that the United States and our global partners have played in helping the parties reach this deal and I hope it is a harbinger of things to come".

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A spate of sinkholes along the shores of the Dead Sea on January 11, 2017.

Spokesman of Al-Bustan neighbourhood, Abdel-Karim Abu-Sneineh, said that the Israeli occupation raided houses of the Palestinian families of Owdeh and Shweeky in the neighbourhood. Under an agreement signed with Jordan in 2015, Israel will buy up to 40mcm of that at cost each year.

About one-third of the additional supply will go to Gaza, "where more than 97 percent of the water is not drinkable", he said.

"It will supply (a) significant amount of water to Jordan, to Israel and to the Palestinians".

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The announcement of the water deal came hours after Israel's Cabinet froze a plan endorsed by the Defence Ministry to expand the West Bank's most densely populated Palestinian city by ceding military control over a parcel of land, a proposal that has outraged Jewish settler leaders.

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