ISRAEL - How to Beat the Water Crisis

Arno Froese

How did Israel, a country that is more than half desert, frequently hit with drought, and historically cursed by chronic water shortages, become a nation that now produces 20 percent more water than it needs?

Water demand from Israel’s rapidly growing population outpaced the supply and natural replenishment of potable water so much that by 2015, the gap between demand and available natural water supplies reached 1 billion cubic meters (BCM).

Recovering from such a scenario seems highly unlikely, yet Israel managed it by pioneering an unprecedented wealth of technological innovation and infrastructure to prevent the country from drying up.

Israel’s leadership in sustainable water management began with finding solutions to the country’s first and foremost problem: the uneven distribution of freshwater throughout the country––an issue that Zionist thinker Theodor Herzl recognized in his 1902 book Altneuland with a “fantasy plan” to transport water great distances.

To supply the growing demand, Israel’s national water company Mekorot, began constructing the National Water Carrier.

By 1965, the year following the completion of the National Water Carrier, Simcha Blass and his son Yeshayahu began distributing their novel drip irrigation system throughout Israel and established Netafim, still a world leader in the field.

By 2015, Israel had managed to treat and recycle 86% of its wastewater for agricultural operations, leading the world in wastewater reclamation. Second to Israel in that same year was Spain, recycling just 17% of its wastewater.

In 1999, the Israeli government initiated a long-term, large-scale seawater reverse osmosis desalination program that culminated in the establishment of five operational desalination facilities.

Upon completion of the seventh facility, desalinated water will cover up to 90% of Israel’s annual municipal and industrial water consumption.

To remain resilient in the drought-projected years to come, the Israeli government in 2018 updated its desalination with a target to produce 1.1 BCM of desalinated water by 2030., 28 April 2022

Arno's Commentary

To sustain life, water is essential. Israel did not give up though they had very limited fresh water sources. Today, as the article indicates, Israel has water in abundance, growing agricultural products with less water than anyone else in the world.

What is the future? Revelation 21:1: declares: “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.” Note the words, “…no more sea.” Without the sea, there is no rain. How then does the new earth sustain life? We find the answer in the next chapter: “In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations” (Revelation 22:2).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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