Israel and Jordan are pushing forward with a plan to construct a water-carrying canal from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea with the hopes that it will help stop the Dead Sea from shrinking further.
The $800 million tender to build the canal, which the two governments also hope will help supply drinking water to Israelis, Jordanians and Palestinians, was announced by Interior Minister Silvan Shalom and Jordanian Water Minister Hazim Nasser on Monday.
“Today we took an additional historic step to save the Dead Sea, ” said Shalom in Jordan on Monday. “The joint international tender to be published tomorrow is proof of the cooperation between Israel and Jordan, and a response to those who cast doubt on whether the canal project would ever go ahead. This is an exceptional environmental and diplomatic achievement that testifies more than anything to the fertile cooperation between the [two] countries.”