Israel disputes charges of water shortage

Israel has refuted accusations in an Amnesty International report claiming that the Palestinians do not have access to an adequate supply of water.

The Israel-Palestinian water policy is based on an interim agreement between the two parties, Israel said.

“Israel has fulfilled all its obligations under the water agreement regarding the supply of additional quantities of water to the Palestinians, and has even extensively surpassed the obligatory quantity,” according to a statement issued Oct. 27 by the Foreign Ministry.

The Amnesty report released Oct. 26 claims, among other things, that Palestinian daily water consumption is about 70 liters a day, compared to 300 liters per day for Israelis, a figure disputed by Israel.  — jta