posted on Jul, 23 2006 @ 10:43 AM
The IDF have stated that they are to re-enforce the security zone in southern Lebanon as far north as the Litani river, and have ordered all Lebanese
civilians to leave the region. While this may make sense in that a river provides a natural boundary deliniation, Israel's current war would seem to
have little to do with Hezbollah and kidnapped soldiers, and more to do with securing scarce water supplies. At present rates, Israel has an estimated
water-deficit of 500-600 cubic metres per year, and the southern stretch of the Litani, which would be within the projected 'Lebanese security
zone', could supply a projected extra 800million cubic metres per year.
Even before the official formation of the Israeli state, the Litani was identified as an essential water supply for the nation, but despite petitions
to the French and British mandate powers governing the region, the extension of Israel's northern borders to include the river valley were declined.
There have since been several attempts to annexe the land of southern Lebanon bordering the Litani river valley, after the invasion of Lebanon in
1982, and subsequent occupation and formation of the 'northern security zone', army engineers confiscated all hydrological charts and technical data
from the Lebanese Water Authorities to determine the site for a diversion of the waters to supply northern Israel.
In fact, the strategic gains made by Israel against Syria in the '67 war were primarily to gain access to aquifers in the Golan. The same can be said
for the denial by the Israeli government of a Palestinian autonomous state in the West Bank..because aquifers under the West Bank supply Israel with
30% of national water supply, and therefore are of great strategic importance and must remain under Israeli control.
As for the current conflict, this is merely a drop in the ocean. Can we expect to see military incursions into Syria from the Golan on some fabricated
pretext to secure further water supplies?