The role of water resources in the evolution of the Israeli–Lebanese border
Author: Amery, H.A.
Source: GeoJournal, Volume 44, Number 1, January 1998 , pp. 19-33(15)
Abstract:The current location of the border between Lebanon and Palestine, today's Israel, is a product of various competing forces. The Zionist Organization aspired to include the entire Galilee region up to the lower reaches of the Litani River (also known as the Kassimiyah River) within Palestine. The river itself was the desired northern border of the country. The Zionists supported their position by employing instrumental arguments that were largely related to the availability of water resources. On the other hand, residents of the upper Galilee, today's southern Lebanon, demanded that they be included with Lebanon. They used their trade links with Beirut, and cultural and familial ties with other parts of Lebanon to support their position. These instrumental and expressive arguments appear to have assisted in the demarcation of the border between Lebanon and Palestine. Currently, access to the water resources, not necessarily control over them, is likely to influence negotiations between Israel and Lebanon over the future of the Israeli-occupied `security zone' in southern Lebanon.
Document Type: Regular Paper
Affiliations: Colorado School of Mines, Division of Liberal Arts and International Studies, Golden, Colorado 80401 USA (tel: (303) 273-3944; fax: (303) 273-3751; email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Publication date: January 1998