Water and energy for the Middle East: currency for peace

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PurposeThe objective of this article is to propose the use of nuclear power to provide electricity and wide-scale desalination to meet future population growth in Israel and a Palestinian State. Design/methodology/approachThe extent of future water and power shortages in Israel and a Palestinian States expounded in the article and various methods for alleviating these shortages are explored. Comparisons are made with historical approaches. FindingsNuclear pebble-bed technology is found to be the most cost-effective way to energize future water and power needs. It is safe, non-polluting, and terrorist resistant. Originality/valueThis article makes the case that abundant water and power in the Middle East is both a pre-requisite and a stimulant for peace in the region.

Keywords: Desalination; History; Middle East; Nuclear power; Peace

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/14636680710727543

Publication date: February 27, 2007

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