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U.S. to fund desalination plant for Palestinians near Hadera
Haaretz ^ | Tuesday, February 08, 2005 | Sharon Kedmi

Posted on 02/08/2005 4:03:02 PM PST by Willie Green

The U.S. government plans to invest $250 million in a desalination facility in the Caesarea area to serve the Palestinian Authority. The facility, which will be close to the planned Hadera desalination plant, will provide 100 to 150 million cubic meters of drinking water annually to Palestinian West Bank residents.

It is unclear what method will be used to construct the plant, one of the largest in the world. An international tender may be published, but the U.S. administration usually closes its tenders to foreign companies.

Nor has it yet been determined whether the tender will be for construction of the facility, or a BOT tender in which the bidders build the plant, operate it for the duration of a franchise - during which time they are entitled to the revenue it generates - and then transfer the plant to the state.

Construction will be financed by the U.S. administration, and the water sales to the Palestinian Authority will be subsidized as part of its aid package.

(Excerpt) Read more at haaretz.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; Israel
KEYWORDS: desalination; energy; water

1 posted on 02/08/2005 4:03:02 PM PST by Willie Green
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To: Willie Green

Our tax dollars at work!


2 posted on 02/08/2005 4:05:17 PM PST by Ken522
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To: Ken522

Hey, why don't they use Arafat's billion or so nest egg--still in European banks--for this project?

Not another dime to the palis until they fess up to what they did with the other billions the Euros and USA have
given to them over the years. . .

The USA could use a desalinization plant--and "charity begins at home".


3 posted on 02/08/2005 4:12:50 PM PST by CondorFlight
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To: Willie Green

$250 million? Let 'em drink their own p!ss, dammit.


4 posted on 02/08/2005 4:16:13 PM PST by 7.62 x 51mm (• veni • vidi • vino • visa • "I came, I saw, I drank wine, I shopped")
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To: Willie Green

What we haven't already p#!#!# enough $$ away on them yet?


5 posted on 02/08/2005 4:19:42 PM PST by GOP_1900AD (Stomping on "PC," destroying the Left, and smoking out faux "conservatives" - Take Back The GOP!)
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To: CondorFlight

The Saudi Princes spend $250 million annually on trips to Paris. This sucks.


6 posted on 02/08/2005 4:22:02 PM PST by John Lenin (Would you rather they push you out the window little girl ?)
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To: 7.62 x 51mm

I'm fine with spending money on building infrastructure in unstable parts of the world. That's a huge part of what we're doing in Iraq. People who's basic needs (food, water, shelter, etc.) are being met are less likely to be angry radical violent revolutionaries.

Okay, please pile on now...


7 posted on 02/08/2005 4:23:35 PM PST by nyg4168
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To: Ken522

Bend Over Taxpayer's - Palestinian-Terror Claus is coming to town!


8 posted on 02/08/2005 4:24:25 PM PST by F105-D ThunderChief (That "THUD" you heard was the Collapse of the DemocRats!)
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To: dennisw; Cachelot; Yehuda; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; ...
If you'd like to be on this middle east/political ping list, please FR mail me.

How funny. I believe we got the $40 million in immediate aid a few weeks ago by canceling the desalination project. To be a government accountant.

9 posted on 02/08/2005 4:24:30 PM PST by SJackson ( Bush is as free as a bird, He is only accountable to history and God, Ra'anan Gissin)
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To: Willie Green

Good idea. Take it out of the money we plan to give to Egypt over the next few years or so.


10 posted on 02/08/2005 4:30:25 PM PST by dr_who_2
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To: Willie Green

Sometimes it pays to be a terrorist.


11 posted on 02/08/2005 4:38:09 PM PST by Colosis (Der Elite Møøsenspåånkængruppen ØberKømmååndø (EMØØK))
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To: Willie Green
Construction will be financed by the U.S. administration, and the water sales to the Palestinian Authority will be subsidized as part of its aid package.

Lie...It will be funded by me...Without my permission...

12 posted on 02/08/2005 4:38:33 PM PST by Iscool
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To: 1bigdictator; 1st-P-In-The-Pod; 2sheep; A Jovial Cad; A_Conservative_in_Cambridge; a_witness; ...
U.S. funding, Israeli construction, what does the Palestinian Authority contribute?

Promise to not attack the Israelis for the next 24 hours?

How long before this project is halted due to attacks on the construction crew?

FRmail me to be added or removed from this Judaic/pro-Israel ping list.

WARNING: This is a high volume ping list

13 posted on 02/08/2005 4:40:49 PM PST by Alouette (Learned Mother of Zion)
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To: nyg4168
I'm fine with spending money on building infrastructure in unstable parts of the world. That's a huge part of what we're doing in Iraq. People who's basic needs (food, water, shelter, etc.) are being met are less likely to be angry radical violent revolutionaries.

I agree and I think the article implies that we'll be getting back some portion of that $250 million.

14 posted on 02/08/2005 4:46:32 PM PST by Moonman62 (Republican - The political party for the living.)
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To: F105-D ThunderChief

"Bend Over Taxpayer's - Palestinian-Terror Claus is coming to town!"

At least they will be well hydrated.


15 posted on 02/08/2005 4:47:12 PM PST by politicalwit (Import poverty...hire an illegal today)
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To: Willie Green

And since the Palestinians don't think they should pay for utilities, I suppose we'll have to pay those bills too. And maintain the plant. And maintain a pipeline distribution network.


16 posted on 02/08/2005 5:12:56 PM PST by blackdog (Lord of Woop Woop.)
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To: nyg4168

I don't have a problem with helping turd-world countries with infrastructure-building, but I have a h-u-g-e problem in throwing US Taxpayers' monies down a murderous muslim hole.

http://www.freerepublic.com/~762x51mm/


17 posted on 02/08/2005 5:25:17 PM PST by 7.62 x 51mm (• veni • vidi • vino • visa • "I came, I saw, I drank wine, I shopped")
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To: Willie Green

How much water needs to be manufactured? How much does this one plant manufacture? What would be the total cost for manufactured water for the entire world? Get some of these numbers and then we can look at finances.


18 posted on 02/08/2005 5:28:33 PM PST by RightWhale (Please correct if cosmic balance requires.)
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To: Alouette
U.S. funding, Israeli construction, what does the Palestinian Authority contribute?...Promise to not attack the Israelis for the next 24 hours?

Wonder if they'll make 24 hours. I can't verify it on any news source, but Fox News reported a Jewish civilian shot by a gunman a little while ago.

19 posted on 02/08/2005 5:30:18 PM PST by SJackson ( Bush is as free as a bird, He is only accountable to history and God, Ra'anan Gissin)
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To: Willie Green

If we're coughing up a quarter of a billion for the PA, they should at least be willing in return to remove the anti-semitic propaganda from their childrens' school books.


20 posted on 02/08/2005 5:30:42 PM PST by solzhenitsyn ("Live Not By Lies")
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To: Willie Green
The U.S. government plans to invest $250 million in a desalination facility in the Caesarea area to serve the Palestinian Authority

I think it will be a waste of otherwise good benjamins. Palestinians have no development plans. It is international organisations, committees, forums who think for them. Palestinians received to-date $4.5 bln. internationally since 1993-94, and it hasn't worked in any noticeable way. There is a total of 3.290.000 of palestinians in the WB and Gaza. See, guys, even a fraction of that enormous money already spent (or stolen) if simply given to palestinians would be enough to resettle them and to secure their future. But there is already a whole vertical structure of parasites developed around palestinians, they want continuous employment in their "Refugee Unlimited Corp.".

21 posted on 02/08/2005 5:39:17 PM PST by Words
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To: nyg4168
Okay, please pile on now...

I'm not a pile on kinda guy. Too much groping in the pile. I agree with you that satiated masses tend not to Jihad so much. Fact is, built a plant today, tomorrow you'll get "Well what have you done for me lately". That said, CA could use some of these to quit sucking the Colorado river dry. Why can't we put the pilot plant in Southern California. If it works, give the plans to the PA and say, good luck. They built their own stuff, they're more likely to take care of it. We build it, they'll ask for 25 million in annual funds to take care of it.

22 posted on 02/08/2005 5:48:50 PM PST by Malsua
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To: Willie Green

Would that we had that here, in Los Angeles.


23 posted on 02/08/2005 7:51:35 PM PST by onedoug
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To: Berosus; blam; Ernest_at_the_Beach; FairOpinion; ValerieUSA

A water supply for Gaza is an important piece of the puzzle. The Arabs can't be trusted with a burned out match, so the Road Map is just as a big a load as Oslo was. Giving them incentives to move to Gaza would, first off, mean providing water.

That said, it's important to make sure Israel has a reliable water supply, and a desalination system (and/or pipeline from Turkey, running undersea, with a side trip to Cyprus) and probably more than one should accompany such a system for Gaza.

Once Syria gets regiminated (ooh, I love it when I coin one), Jordan's water supply will no longer be partially denied by the illegal Syrian dams. Or at least, one would think so...


24 posted on 02/08/2005 10:15:06 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Ted "Kids, I Sunk the Honey" Kennedy is just a drunk who's never held a job (or had to).)
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To: blackdog
And since the Palestinians don't think they should pay for utilities, I suppose we'll have to pay those bills too. And maintain the plant. And maintain a pipeline distribution network.

Yep, you got that right...It's right there in the article

Construction will be financed by the U.S. administration, and the water sales to the Palestinian Authority will be subsidized as part of its aid package.

Unless they're meaning Saudi Arabia will do the subsidizing

25 posted on 02/08/2005 11:10:39 PM PST by Iscool
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To: blackdog

They don't have any salt mines over there, I suppose we'll have to supply that too...

Hey, I've got an idea...Just buy 'em a pump...


26 posted on 02/08/2005 11:15:46 PM PST by Iscool
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