ISRAEL - Resilient Water Economy

Arno Froese

For years, Israel has been known worldwide as the leader in water, agriculture and energy innovation. This is largely due to Mekorot, Israel’s national water company, which uses advanced technologies that attract the attention of water corporations and organizations from around the world.

“The Mekorot Innovation Unit conducts several areas of activities,” explains Dudi Balsar. “The first is investment in start-ups and location of technologies in all areas relating to the water and wastewater treatment industry. This includes technologies in the areas of energy, agriculture, food and more—Mekorot creates a large ecosystem.”

Another significant part is the development within Mekorot by the professionals employed in the Innovation Unit, alongside professional collaborations with companies and organizations. “We have quite a few partners in this, not only in Israel, but also with leading water companies in Morocco, Bahrain, the US and others. The bottom line is that the State of Israel has succeeded in building a unique and durable, sustainable water economy, and this is thanks to these technologies.

“Approximately 85% of the drinking water in Israel comes from seawater desalination, and the water for agriculture comes mostly from wastewater treatment,” Balsar points out. “We were able to meet the two biggest and most necessary requirements for water: drinking and agriculture.”

“Climate change is forcing countries to think about things differently,” Balsar concludes. “Italy, for example, is experiencing an extreme drought that has shown that there is a limit to the level of supply, and they understand they will have to change the way things are conducted. This puts water corporations and countries under pressure. They understand that they need to establish a different water sector and not rely on the existing reservoirs. When they see Israel, a country that is mostly desert, managing to create a year-round supply of water for itself, primarily because of the desalination plants, together with a sophisticated transport network that can efficiently transport the water from north to south and from east to west, they understand that this is an example of how to build a sustainable water economy that knows how to deal with the current challenges and those that will come in the future.”

-www.jpost.com, 12 August 2022

Arno's Commentary

Mekorot, Israel’s national water company, was established in 1937 by the Histadrut Group. The term means “General Organization of Workers in Israel,” which began in December 1920. They are the representative of the majority of Israel’s trade unionists. Now the world is directing its attention toward this little country for an answer to the drought situation and water shortage globally. 

When reading Scripture, we notice that the word “water” and words related to water appear over 700 times in the Bible. In verse 2 of Genesis 1, we read: “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” From that point on, the waters of the world were divided. Water is equivalent to life; without water, there is no life. The so-called space scientists have proven this again and again in their vain quest to reach the stars. 

But there is more: the water of life. We read in Revelation 22:17: “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.”

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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