Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority have unveiled plans to build a pipeline from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea, according to the London Jewish Chronicle. Officials were due to sign an agreement today which will see the production of millions of cubic metres of drinking water for the arid region around the Dead Sea.
Israeli Minister for Regional Cooperation, Silvan Shalom, said: “We’re talking about a historic process that realises a dream of many years.
Shalom is to be joined by Jordanian Minister of Water and Irrigation, Hazem Nasser, and Palestinian Authority Minister for Water, Shaddad Attili, for an official signing ceremony at the World Bank in Washington.
The proposed sea canal, known as the Red-Dead project, will take four to five years to build, and is predicted to cost between $250 million and $400 million.
Funding will come from the World Bank, with further donations from countries and philanthropists.