Water and energy for the Middle East: currency for peace
Purpose ‐ The 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/approach ‐ The 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. Findings ‐ Nuclear 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/value ‐ This 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.