September 11, 2008
Visiting Professor Gabriel Eckstein Participates in Israeli-Palestinian Water Negotiations
Oregon Law Visiting Professor Gabriel Eckstein recently participated in nongovernmental negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians on the management and allocation of transboundary water resources in the Middle East.
Palestinian and Israeli engineers, as well as representatives with close ties to the Israeli government and Palestinian National Authority, met for three days of intense discussions on the difficult water issues between August 18 and 21, 2008. The water dialog was arranged by the Geneva Initiative (“GI”) — a Palestinian and Israeli NGO — and by a Quaker group — Annapolis Friends Peace and Justice Center — after informal discussions outside the Bush Administration’s November 2007 Annapolis Conference.
Great strides were made during the negotiations and a final draft water agreement is expected within the next three months. The agreement will then be offered to official government negotiators as a possible framework for water cooperation in the “final status agreement” that would bring peace to Israelis and Palestinians.
To read the complete press release from the negotiations, visit http://annapolis.quaker.org/peacejusticecenter.html.