>> A searing summer is creating severe water shortages in the Israeli occupied West Bank and adding fire to the already tense relationship between Palestinians and Israelis. The Palestinians claim Israel is preventing them from receiving adequate water at an affordable price. But Israel contends it provides twice the amount it committed to in an interim 1995 agreement.
Which is Chief Producer, Carson Seabolt in Jerusalem.>> Irrespective who is right in this war of words, as a matter of fact, many Palestinians in the West Bank are suffering from the water shortage due to the poor infrastructure, several villages and towns are not connected to the water system and rely on tank truck deliveries.
Now, in summer with daily temperatures up to and beyond 40 degree celsius, there is of, not enough water for the daily needs not to speak about running water on. To get the water delivered by truck is more expensive too.>> The United Nations Children's Fund has warned that up to 35,000 Palestinians are at risk because of the shortage.
>> According to UNICEF Israel had prevented villagers from building their own water retention facilities>> And that 33 such structures had been demolished this year because they lacked permits. The Palestinians say that's because of the occupation, and because the Israeli's don't want to share the water resources of the West Bank.
However, the Israeli's are denying such allegations, and call them bluntly liars.>> Given the current deadlock in the Israel-Palestinian relation, I don't see a solution for the water problem coming soon.>> Israel says unregulated digging of wells would severely damage the water table. And that the water needs in the West Bank which the Palestinians want for a state, together with East Jerusalem and Gaza are greater than the infrastructure can handle.