The Valley of Peace: Why a Med-Kinneret Aqueduct makes more sense

by Maskil on July 30, 2008

Israel From Space

A cousin in Australia forwarded me this link to an absolutely superb piece of PR for the Valley of Peace project; a 3D visualization of how such a project could impact the region.

While there’s no way a lone blogger can compete with the heavyweights backing the Valley of Peace project, I would like to set out eight good reasons why I believe my Med-Kinneret Aqueduct proposal makes more sense for Israel than the Valley of Peace project.

  1. With a canal/tunnel length of only +/-45km (from the Mediterranean Sea in the vicinity of Haifa to Lake Kinneret or one of its tributary streams), it seems far more practical as an engineering project.
  2. The scope of the project is far less ambitious, and could be achieved within timeframes that are helpful for the current drought situation, as well as Israel’s overall water shortage and the impact of global climate change.
  3. Due to its more limited scope, it is likely to be a more viable project financially.
  4. Ecologically, it is likely to be far less damaging than the Valley of Peace project, as it envisages an underground aqueduct constructed using tunnel boring machine (TBM) technology. It also envisages the desalination of sea water before its injection into the Kinneret.
  5. It addresses the plight of the entire lower reaches of the Jordan, including Lake Kinneret, the Jordan itself and the Dead Sea.
  6. It is an unashamedly Zionist project, and considers the interests of Israel and its people first, although there may be benefits for Israel’s neighbors.
  7. It does not put the development cart before the peace horse, and is not dependant on relationships between Israel and any of its neighbors. Israel can “go it alone” in need, and all infrastructure would be sited within sovereign Israeli territory.
  8. Apart from the Med-Kinneret Aqueduct itself and the desalination facilities, it envisages leveraging the use of existing Mekorot and National Water Carrier infrastructure.

So, while the Med-Kinneret Aqueduct proposal may not be as glamorous (or glamorized) as the Valley of Peace proposal, it looks to be far more achievable and could deliver benefits in a much shorter timeframe.

(Hat tip to Bev.)

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