This report was presented on September 2011, in the context of work that was undertaken by the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies and overseen by a broad-based steering committee. The work took place alongside the background of the feasibility study initiated by the World Bank
in 2008 which reflects a political consensus to assess alternatives of a water conduit from the Red Sea only (the RSDSC Project
). The current study seeks to highlight the costs and implications of various alternatives – using water from the Red Sea and from the Mediterranean Sea to achieve the objectives of the project. The study presents the additional costs entailed in choosing any other alternative than the least expensive alternative and its advantages and disadvantages, alongside the uncertainty and risks entailed.
This project does not claim to identify the most appropriate solution. Rather, its findings are intended to provide a factual dimension, perspective, and critique for use when applicable at the national and international decision-making levels on all matters related to addressing the water deficit of the Dead Sea and its implications. Unlike the World Bank project, the context for this work is solely Israeli – although naturally undertaken with awareness of international needs and constraints – and thus is not subject to the obligations inherent in collaborative work.