It is often said that water will
be the source of many future wars. For example,
in the Israeli-Syrian negotiations, a major issue as to the
return of the Golan is reported to be control of the water sources
there. In the
Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, water is one of the
"final-status" issues and a potential obstacle to a
lasting peace agreement.
does not have to be like that.
Rational thinking about water and water agreements shows that
water can be a source of cooperation rather than of conflict and
that, in a very precise sense, water is not worth war.