Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Israel is ready to save the world

(Last updated: November 11, 2015)

Many hate Israel. They want Israel destroyed. They demonize Israel. They criminalize Israel.

But as they do that, they suffer. Their water disappears. Everywhere they look, there’s drought. 

Have you noticed that?

Most of Europe suffers (Global Drought Information System, drought .gov, September, 2015). Central-eastern Russia, Southeast Asia and India suffer (ibid).

It’s the same in most of Africa. In South Africa, some Provinces have become water ‘disaster’ areas (ibid).

The Dominion Republic and Jamaica suffer (ibid). South America suffers.

Australia suffers (ibid). Brazil has its worst drought since the 1930s (“Brazil's most populous region facing worst drought in 80 years”, BBC, January 24, 2015).

More than half the US suffers. California doesn’t just have ‘drought’. It’s got ‘Exceptional Drought’ (US Drought Monitor, November 5, 2015).

 California shows us what drought means. It’s under a ‘water emergency’ (Elizabeth Day, “Anger drives hunt for 'criminal' water guzzler during California drought”, guardian, November 8, 2015). People have to cut their water use by 25 per cent. 22 million trees have died because of drought (ibid). Over 10,000 people have become unemployed because once-used fields are too dry for crops (ibid).

No crops mean economic loss. California's agriculture industry could lose $2.2 billion this year (“California Farmers Harvest Smaller Crops Due to Drought”, Associated Press, November 10, 2015). Because of water shortages, fully one-fourth of California’s rice fields are unplanted (ibid). Pistachio production has been hit with a historic decline (Press release, “Tejon Ranch : Reports Year-to-Date and Third Quarter 2015 Results”, November 9, 2015).

Drought leads to land subsidence, sewage intrusion and wildfires. It increases plant and tree diseases. It destroys people’s lives.

Worldwide drought threatens more than water supplies. It threatens food supplies and world economies (Mark Koba, “Global Drought Threatens Water, Food Supplies. Get Used to It”, NBCNews, September  6, 2014). It threatens Man’s ability to survive.

In the Middle East, one UN worker has said that, “Going back to the last 100 years, I don't think you can get a five-year span that's been as dry [as our past five years, ending February 2014]“ (Suleiman Al-Khalidi, "Middle East drought a threat to global food prices”, March 7, 2014). The Middle East is one of the driest regions in the world. In such a region, drought can be devastating.

For example, In Iran, water supplies have become so insufficient that up to 70 percent, or 55 million out of 78 million Iranians, could be forced to abandon their native country for parts unknown (Daniel Pipes, “The Middle East runs out of water”, Washington Times, May 8, 2015).

It’s the same in Egypt, Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Gaza (ibid). Only Israel is exempt from this nightmare. 

Didn’t you learn that Israel is blessed? Although sixty per cent of Israel is desert, Israel doesn’t have a water problem. It’s actually awash in water (ibid).

How strange: the nations of the world are staring at a water shortage of Biblical proportion. But Israel—the desert land of the Bible—is ‘water independent’. What does that tell you?

Today, most of the Middle East can’t find enough water for its people, farms and businesses. Most of the rest of the world is starting to suffer from the same curse.

As always, Israel stands alone. It’s the world’s water ‘superpower’. Here’s how one web essay describes Israel:

“The planet is on the brink of a global water crisis…The U.S. government predicts that 40 of our 50 states--and 60 percent of the earth's land surface--will soon face alarming gaps between the supply and growing demand for water.

Without immediate action, food prices will rise, economic growth will slow, and political instability is likely to follow.

In remarkable defiance of this water emergency stands Israel. Despite its unforgiving terrain, rapid population growth, and low annual rainfall, Israel is not only fending off a water crisis; it boasts a water surplus” (“Israel: The World's Water Superpower”, cbnnews, November 2, 2015).

Israel stands alone. It has enough water for all its needs (Mickey Chesla, “Israel’s Water Industry – Answering the World’s Wake-Up Call”, Israel Ministry of Economy, Israel Trade & Economic Office, Embassy of Israel, Southern Africa, November 5, 2015). It also has enough water to cope with low rainfall and drought (ibid).

Israel is blessed. While the rest of the world was ignoring reality, Israel became the ‘Silicon Valley’ of water technology. It’s used specialized water technology to re-think and redesign waste-water treatment, waste-water reuse, urban water systems, irrigation strategies, farming techniques and water loss-control. It’s become a world leader in desalinization.

The world suffers. Nations lose their water. How can they survive without water?

Israel has answers. It’s figured out how to be water-independent. It’s ready to save the world.

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