Photographer's Note

This is a view from the northern border of Jordan with a landscape showing the common border between Israel (left), Syria (front) and Jordan (where I stood). One can see the green Jordan valley in the foreground while you can guess the Tiberiade lake in the background.

For the story, when driving along the Jordan river, we went across 8 military check-points in less than 2 hours. Why so many controls ? In fact it is quite a sensitive border because of the Jordan river and its important springs. The Golan ridge is just there on the right.

One need to understand that the countries around are mostly made of deserts which is fine for nomad people but is a threat for urbanizing areas. Many arab projects planned to build hydraulic dams to better manage the water resource between Syria and Jordan.

The Israeli attack on the Golan ridge in 1967 was part of such an issue. Indeed, building a dam over the Jordan may be a threat for that country since it largely depend on that river as well. Indeed, we passed a large canal build by Israel which bring water from that area and the Tiberiad lake to feed the Naguev desert in the very south of Israel. Building a dam in that area may jeopardize the agriculture Israel could develop in the south of its territory.

Another issue is the creation of a Palestinian state in the south, on the path of that canal. Political analysts assess that Israel also fear that a stable Palestinian state may geopardize as well the balance in the water consumptions since new projects to satisfy the Palestinian needs in water may also reduce the amount of water available brought by that canal going from the Tiberiade lake up to the Neguev desert close to Egypt.

All in all, we may assess that Water is really a large part of the issues which fuel the conflictual relationship between those countries. Probably far more than oil issues.

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