Cooperating Rivals: The Riparian Politics of the Jordan by Jeffrey K. Sosland

By Jeffrey K. Sosland

Examines cooperation and clash over water within the center East.

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Although the Maqarin Dam projects were likely to raise objections from Israel, Jordan moved forward with the early stages of implementation. 32 Initial expenditures focused on the recruitment of workers to begin construction of the larger Maqarin Dam project, such as canals, roads, and so on. 37 During this stalemate over Jordan’s proposed dam project, Israel began construction of its own upper Jordan River water project. The Israel Track Israel’s focus was a national water carrier that would move water from the north to the populated plain and subsequently help in developing the dry southern region.

51 After the 1994 Jordan-Israel Treaty, the island was returned to Jordanian sovereignty. Between 1949 and 1955, the MAC served as an important venue for Jordanians and Israelis to meet and discuss numerous issues, including Jordan and Yarmouk water disputes. 52 Such meetings continued, and this format would be used in the 1980s and 1990s for secret meetings, which are discussed in chapter 4. Between 1949 and 1955, efforts by Israel and Syria to go beyond their Armistice Agreement were also facilitated by such mediation committees.

64 State-Building and Water Development, 1920–1956 35 Dulles considered a formal Arab-Israeli peace settlement unrealistic, but thought that reducing the tensions might lay the groundwork for progress. Thus, he initiated an American policy, which this book terms tactical functional cooperation. ”65 After briefing the president and congressional leaders, Dulles publicly stated the administration’s policy of “true impartiality” in the Arab-Israeli conflict during a radio and television address. Dulles spoke of economic and military aid to demonstrate the more balanced US approach to the Arab states and to Israel.

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