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Israeli-Jordanian joint project to save Dead Sea may be poised for approval

The Red Sea-Dead Sea water conveyance project would pipe water from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea, allowing surrounding areas including Israel and Jordan to deal with severe water shortages and other environmental issues.
A bird flies near a cliff overlooking the Dead Sea, West Bank July 17, 2018. Picture taken July 17, 2018. REUTERS/Amir Cohen      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RC1B8C1FC100

Even before Israel’s elections take place on April 9, there is a real possibility the Red Sea-Dead Sea desalination project could secure necessary government approval, said Oded Fixler, deputy director of the Ministry of Regional Cooperation, on Feb. 18.

Normally, such a decision would have to wait for the new Israeli government to be elected, but officials are considering a special request to approve the long-awaited regional desalination and water conveyance project, for which negotiations began in 2005.

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