Let There Be Water: Israel's Solution for a Water-Starved by Seth M. Siegel

By Seth M. Siegel

New York Times and Los Angeles Times Bestseller!

As on a daily basis brings pressing studies of turning out to be water shortages all over the world, there isn't any time to lose within the look for solutions.

The U.S. govt predicts that 40 of our fifty states-and 60 percentage of the earth's land surface-will quickly face alarming gaps among to be had water and the transforming into call for for it. with no motion, nutrition costs will upward push, financial development will gradual, and political instability is probably going to follow.

Let There Be Water illustrates how Israel can function a version for the U.S. and nations all over the place via displaying how one can blunt the worst of the arrival water calamities. regardless of 60 percentage of its kingdom made up of barren region, Israel has not just solved its water challenge; it additionally had an abundance of water. Israel even offers water to its neighbors-the Palestinians and the dominion of Jordan-every day.

Based on meticulous examine and 1000s of interviews, Let There Be Water reveals the tools and strategies of the usually offbeat inventors who enabled Israel to steer the realm in state of the art water technology.

Let There Be Water also tells unknown tales of the way cooperation on water structures can forge diplomatic ties and advertise harmony. Remarkably, now not in the past, now-hostile Iran trusted Israel to regulate its water platforms, and entry to Israel's water knowledge helped to hot China's frosty family with Israel.

Beautifully written, Seth M. Siegel's Let There Be Water is and encouraging account of the imaginative and prescient and sacrifice by means of a state and other people that experience lengthy made water defense a best precedence. regardless of scant typical water assets, a speedily transforming into inhabitants and economic system, and sometimes opposed acquaintances, Israel has regularly jumped sooner than the water innovation-curve to guarantee a dynamic, important destiny for itself. each city, each nation, and each reader can make the most of studying what Israel did to beat daunting demanding situations and remodel itself from a parched land right into a water superpower.

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30 Lowdermilk’s Israel TVA plan furthered the conviction that Palestine could have huge water resources and confirmed the Zionist idea that with water, a large population could follow. An Essential Wasteland for Ben-Gurion From today’s vantage point, the British, after World War II, were largely seen as exhausted, demoralized, and bankrupt, eager to evacuate their colonies and to bring the two-hundred-year-old British Empire to a close. 31 Because of British interest in protecting the Eastern Mediterranean and safeguarding the Suez Canal for the safe passage of goods from India and oil from the Persian Gulf, Bevin was determined to stay.

Beginning in 1936, the British authorities faced three years of Arab riots in Palestine, a territory they had ruled since the end of World War I. The ostensible reason for the disturbances and bloodshed was the rising Jewish immigration, but if Jews were the initial target of the Arab rioters, the British police and military soon also became their focus. By 1939, the intermittent riots seemed to have come to an end, but the British Foreign Office in London was worried about a revival of these uprisings.

Even so, some part of what Israel has done can help to transform the water governance of every country. If nothing else, Israel’s focus on water and its priority in the national consciousness can be an inspiration to leaders and engaged citizens everywhere regardless of geography or affluence. It would have been wiser for the world to have begun planning for water shortages and conserving water decades ago. But it isn’t too late to begin now. Here’s how Israel did it. PART I THE CREATION OF A WATER-FOCUSED NATION One A WATER-RESPECTING CULTURE Rain, rain, go away, Come again some other day!

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