Israel and Jordan are engaged in advanced negotiations for a water exchange that will see a desalination facility built in Aqaba. Jordan will transfer desalinated water to Israel for use in the Negev while Israel will reciprocate with drinking water from the Kinneret.
The plan is set to save Jordan the cost of moving water from the south of the country to the north. Its goal is to establish a permanent mechanism as an alternative to the one agreed upon in the 1994 peace treaty. (Roi Kais)