By Samir N. Saliba
In spite of the significance of the Jordan River dispute, there was no finished and systematic research of the matter. What few articles were written up to now were fragmentary and primarily handled the background of the dispute. M. G. Ionides, in "The Disputed Waters of Jordan," center East magazine, Vol. 7 (I953), pp. I53 ff., Georgiana Stevens, within the "Jordan River V alley," foreign C on ciliation, No. 506 (I956), and extra lately, Kathryn B. Doherty, in "The Jordan Waters Conflict," foreign Conciliation, No. 533 (I965), difficult this topic. H. A. Smith, within the "Waters of the Jordan: an issue of foreign Water Control," foreign Affairs, Vol. 25 (I949), pp. 4I5 ff. has been the exception. despite the fact that, his paintings is superseded in that many different elements have entered the image considering I949. My goal in penning this research is twofold. First, i've got sought to replace the writings during this box. moment, it's was hoping that the findings of this research will supply a clearer and a extra target perception into the issues concerned. basic assets for this research contain United international locations records, Arab and Israeli govt guides, federal and overseas legislation situations facing river disputes, treaties, and newspapers. Sec ondary resource fabrics contain books, articles in realized journals, and others.
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P. 16. 1 a Ionides, "The Disputed Waters of Jordan," op. , p. 159. CHAPTER III GEOGRAPHIC AND ECONOMIC DIMENSIONS OF THE DISPUTE The Jordan valley forms the northern portion of the Dead Sea drainage basin which lies in the great rift extending from the Gulf of Aqaba on the Red Sea to the mountains of Lebanon. The Jordan River, which flows southward within the rift, rises in the slopes of Mount Hermon and ends in the Dead Sea. As Fig. I shows, the sources of the Jordan are made up of the Hasbani and the Banias which arise in Lebanon and Syria respectively and which converge above Lake Huleh to form the headwaters of the Jordan.
P. I. , p. I9. 5 Mills E. , stencil No. 3I7, I953); T. R. Telling, Director TCA Jordan, Statement on the Yarmuk-Jordan Project, before the Jordan Development Board (July I, I952); cited in UNRWA, "Special Report on Jordan," Bulletin of Economic Development, No. Z4 (Beirut, 1956), p. 83. HISTORICAL BACKGROUND 25 the remainder of which would be used in Jordan. In addition, the Bunger project would produce an output of 281 million kilowatts of electric power annually. The importance of the success or failure of this scheme cannot be overestimated.
29. 1 GEOGRAPHIC AND ECONOMIC DIMENSIONS OF THE DISPUTE 45 If one started using the water supply on the priority Class A and B lands, beginning in the north where the surplus of water is, and irrigated all such lands in each region before moving further south the usable water supply would be exhausted before reaching the Negev. l On balance, therefore, water demand in Israel outstrips its water supply. And in order for Israel to irrigate and develop all its potential cultivable land it needs all it can obtain of the Jordan basin waters.