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Monday, February 15, 2010

Quiet cooperation on the Syrian front

There is quiet cooperation on the Syrian border between the village of Majdal Shams on the Israeli side of the Golan Heights and the Syrian government. The Syrians have been providing 10% of the village's water.

Syria is supplying some 10% of the water to Druze village Majdal Shams in the Golan Heights, according to a meeting between Deputy Minsister Ayoub Kara and a group of Druze residents of the Golan Heights who will soon leave for Syria for a round of meetings on the matter.

The water source is Ein al-Tuffah Spring, whose water has been reaching the village for some 25 years. The Druze delegation is slated to ask Syria to increase the water supply in order to increase output in their apple orchards. Kara said both sides have an economic interest in the deal, and it may lead to renewed peace talks.
I would not hold my breath waiting for it to lead to renewed peace talks. The Syrians regard the residents of Majdal Shams as Syrian and from their perspective they are helping Syrians whom they hope to return to the fold eventually. They would never make such a practical economic arrangement with Jooos.

Nice village, isn't it?


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