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Hastings International and Comparative Law Review

Abstract

Israel and the Palestinian territories face a shortage of water resources that have created tensions at the center of the current political conflict between the two parties. Many of these resources are subject to dual control and authority as well as continuing degradation and overuse, all of which exacerbate the situation. This paper offers a solution to that problem: the adoption of a Water Board with authority over the combined region of Israel and the Palestinian territories. This Board would employ and enforce laws based upon current California Water Law with a few minor, yet critical, changes. This solution offers a viable- opportunity to improve the condition, distribution, and management of water resources in the region, thereby bettering the daily lives of many people and laying a foundation for future cooperation.

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