October 1, 2013 – EcoPeace & Saban Center at the Brookings Institute

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A Saban Center Event
in partnership with EcoPeace Middle East

H.E. Dr. Shaddad Attili
Minister of Water
Palestinian National Authority

Ambassador Oded Eran
Senior Research Fellow
Institute of National Security Studies, Tel Aviv

Moderated by

Tamara Cofman Wittes
The Saban Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
2:00 –3:30 p.m., Saul Room
The Brookings Institution
1775 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036


Israelis and Palestinians negotiating terms for peaceful coexistence face a variety of thorny issues — but the challenge of sharing scarce natural resources, particularly water, is both acute and underappreciated. Indeed, water is a continuing source of tension between the parties, as major aquifers and surface water straddle the Palestinian Territories and Israel, and water is in scarce supply. And yet, because the need for careful management of shared water resources and sanitation concerns are so undeniable, the issue is also ripe for negotiation of cooperative arrangements — even in advance of, or in the absence of, a conflict-ending peace agreement.

What might a water arrangement look like in the context of a peace deal? Can cooperation on water sharing be advanced even if conflict-ending negotiations fail?

To discuss how conflict or cooperation over water resources could shape efforts at Israeli-Palestinian peace, the Saban Center and EcoPeace Middle East  convened a special discussion on Tuesday, October 1st with:

H.E. Dr. Shaddad Attili, Minister of Water for the Palestinian National Authority
Ambassador (ret.) Oded Eran, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of National Security Studies, Tel Aviv

The Israeli-Jordanian-Palestinian leadership team of EcoPeace Middle East also took part in the discussion. Tamara Cofman Wittes, director of the Saban Center, moderated.

The event was held in the Saul Room on the first floor of the Brookings Institution at 1775 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W. in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, October 1 from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Click here for a write-up of the event in the Brookings Institute website

Click here for a beautiful set of photos on this Flickr album