Israel & PA water agreement made; Greenblatt announced deal; Greenblatt: Working towards achieving a lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians is a top priority for him
Israel and the Palestinian Authority have reached a historic agreement on water, the deal brokered by the Trump Administration’s delegation.
The deal on the Red Sea-Dead Sea Canal was confirmed and announced on Thursday by Trump’s special envoy to the Middle East, Jason Greenblatt.
Greenblatt has been in Israel all week alongside United States Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman. Both have been in meetings with Israeli and Palestinian officials through out the week, with two deals struck this week alone.
This is the second agreement made this week, the first made on the inauguration of the first ever Palestinian-owned electricity infrastructure.
Speaking at a press conference Thursday, Greenblatt announced the agreement, stating “As we all know, water is a precious commodity in the Middle East. The US welcomes the agreement reached between the PA and the government of Israel which will allow for the sale of 33 million cubic meters of water from Israel to the PA [Palestinian Authority].”
He added, “In addition, we hope that this deal will contribute to the healing of the Dead Sea, and that it will help not only Palestinians and Israelis, but Jordanians, as well.”
On the Trump Administration’s efforts in resuming peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, he stated “President Trump has made it clear that working towards achieving a lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians is a top priority for him. This agreement is an example of the parties working together to make a mutually beneficial deal,” adding “this is the second important deal reached between Israelis and Palestinians this week, the first being the agreement to energize the Jenin electrical substation which was signed on Monday.”
He called the deal an additional example of “cooperation between Israelis and Palestinians”, stating that the agreement “came about with the strong support of the Trump Administration and other international partners and provides another example of cooperation between Israelis and Palestinians that will lead to economic improvements in the lives of Palestinians who have now, in the span of one week, benefited from agreements that provide key improvements in the areas of water and electricity.”
Details of the agreement were not given yet, Greenblatt not taking questions after the press conference.