Actually, it is not quite correct. Because when the fruits and the fragrant flowers come, I have to give maaser - one tenth - to the Cohen. And since there is no Cohen to give it to, it does go to some form of charity ( you are not allowed to even taste the fruit until to give maaser; did you know that?). So YES, the water stays here, but NO, the product is NOT all mine. And if a THIRSTY JEW comes along, believe me, he or she gets his/her drink. Whenever I have guests, they always get the very best water, even my workers: never tap water, always spring water, so I am NOT selfish when it comes to that. But there is no way I'll let the b.......s get the benefit of all the water flowing back into the aquifer... and then they take it illegally anyway.
Also, did you know that the arabs all have water collecting systems on their roofs, to collect rain water? If they do it, WE certainly should. Do you really believe , knowing that they want us dead, that they care if we suffer from lack of water? On the contrary, they are delighted. I won't give them this pleasure, and you shouldn't either.
Just to make my point: today, as I was driving through BEIT UMAR, a HOTBED OF TERROR, I slowed down enough to take a good picture of the green grassy football field I had told you about. Mind you, while there had been a drought for two straight months, and our grass was all yellow and dried out, this is how THEIR grass looked. And grass uses the most water of all plants here.
So I am asking you, WHERE DOES that water come from? WHO gave it to them? From WHOM did they steal it? And HOW THIRSTY CAN THEY BE, if they can afford to water their fields like this in the middle of a drought? If you read their sites, they don't stop complaining about how we steal their water. Now you can see first hand the TRUTH OF THE MATTER.
Monday, 16 June, 2003
The River Jordan (white line, top right) is a crucial water source in the region
Under international law, Israel is committed to supplying drinking water to the Palestinians and not denying them.
But Israel itself is a very arid area surrounded by desert. It rains only a few months a year - and for the past few years the region has been in the grip of drought.
"We have a chronic water shortage, and it is getting worse year to year," Jacob Kaidar, the director of multilateral peace talks coordination and water issues in the Israeli foreign ministry, told BBC World Service's Politics Of Water programme.
"Basically we have a drought almost every year, we have to cut our water supplies almost every year."
The water that Israel receives comes mainly from the Jordan river system, the Sea of Galilee and two underground sources.
The supply is shared between Israelis and Palestinians, but, as ever, is a source of great controversy.
At the Third World Water Conference in Kyoto, former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev outlined the history of water conflict around the world.
He said there had been 21 armed disputes over water in recent history - and 18 of them involved Israel.
"It's highly unfair," said Yehezkel Lein, a water expert for Israeli human rights group B'tselem, who help to solve water problems in Palestinian areas.
"We are talking about mainly the mountain aquifer and the Jordan River system. Regarding the first one Israel exploits approximately 80% of the renewal water resources, and the Palestinians the remaining 20%.
"Regarding the Jordan River system, the Palestinians do not have any access."
The Sea of Galilee can supply parts of Israel, but not the Palestinian areas
Mr Lein added that the conflict in the region had dramatically exacerbated the problem.
"There is a clear linkage between the gap in water availability, and the occupation," he said.
"Israel has taken advantage of its control of the West Bank in order to appropriate more water sources and to prevent Palestinians from developing new water sources that are under the land."
Israel has controlled water supplies in the West Bank and Gaza Strip since it first occupied the areas in 1967.
The 1993 Oslo Peace Accord stated that the Palestinians should have more water resources and greater control, although the Israelis disagree, insisting they supply 40 million cubic metres of water.
Many Palestinians struggle, however, as they remain unconnected to any water infrastructure.
One such place is Beit Furik, a village in the West Bank near the Palestinian town of Nablus.
"The real problem is at the beginning of their hot summer - they will have used up their water and they will begin to suffer," explained Beit Furik's Mayor, Atef Atif Hanani.
"We have about 12 tanks to collect water from Nablus, but during the Intifada the Israeli authorities have imposed checkpoints on the roads.
"These checkpoints started to forbid these tanks from reaching Nablus, so sometimes they have to wait for about five or six hours - and some days they were forbidden."
He added that even when the tanks were allowed through, sometimes Israeli soldiers would undo the valves and let the water back out.
Israel's Water Minister Mr Kaidar said he was "not happy" about a lack of co-operation, acknowledging that turning water trucks away was "totally unacceptable."
"Israel is committed to supplying drinking water to the Palestinians, and not to deny them," he added.
Oxfam says Israeli soldiers target Palestinian water tanks
But Jacob Dallal of the Israel army said that delays were unfortunate, but necessary to stop the militants.
"This is the nature of this conflict when people are trying to smuggle things including suicide bombers through the West Bank and into Israel," he said.
"We have to be very careful, but at no time lose sight of the importance of getting essential materials to people.
"We do have to check because in the past, as has been the case with ambulances, people have taken advantage of vehicles that are supposed to be only for humanitarian purposes."
Some statistics suggest that, in large part because of these constant arguments at checkpoints, the Palestinians use on average four times less water than the Israelis.
The mother of one family in Beit Furik, Fuaz Hanani, told Politics Of Water that they were only able to wash every two weeks, such was the shortage of water.
"I feel angry that Israeli settlers in Itmar drink clean water while my dear family drink water from a well which sometimes has dirty or polluted water," Mrs Hanani said.
However, Jacob Kaidar insisted that, while he hoped co-operation between the two sides would be better in the future, Mrs Hanani should direct her anger towards her own people.
He said Palestinians were stealing water from Israeli pipes and drilling illegal wells.
"In Gaza we have some 2,000 illegal wells, in the West Bank the report is 250 or more," he said.
According to Oxfam, an additional problem is that what little infrastructure the Palestinians do have is targeted by the Israelis.
"We are helping very poor families to build new tanks on their roofs... unfortunately it's a really good target for Israeli soldiers to shoot at," Oxfam's Ton Berg stated.
"We've just finished a really big water tank that would serve half a village in El Boursh and now the Israeli defence forces have announced that they will destroy it, because they need land that is officially Palestinian to build a wall.
"So that whole village this summer will again be without clean drinking water."
With the publication of the roadmap to peace, there had been hopes that political leaders would begin to look more closely at the water crisis in the region.
But with the roadmap apparently in crisis, it seems the Palestinians may be thirsty for a good while longer.
And talking about truth:
what the arabs write here about Beit Omar is pure fantasy: a road only for settlers? I only wish. There are a lot more PA license plates than Israelis on that road, and stonings by the savages are daily occurrences.
But they sure use all the water they want, for whatever they wish, anytime, anhywhere.
YES you are correct >> Guard your water !.......when Moses went to Jethro's sheep-flock with all his daughters, Moses protected the Water in the Well from wandering arab-infidels............so let it be written >> so let it be done !........... protect your water that Hashem has provided to you...........do not share it with anyone, it is yours, Maim fom Heaven.............shalom, E(T)..