Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Rawabi Still Waiting for Water

Rawabi is an $800 million dollar Palestinian financed housing project northwest of Ramallah. Construction has been underway since 2010, and more than a thousand units have been completed and are move-in ready, except for one thing.  They can't get a water hook up.

The vision is for a city with 25,000 residents when completed. The project should have everyone's support. It provides construction jobs for Palestinians, it provides business for Israeli suppliers, and it should provide much needed housing for Palestinians.

"If Rawabi fails, it's a failure for the two-state solution. It's a failure for the peace process", said Saeb Erekat, the chief Palestinian negotiator, in a BBC article.

But, hard to believe at this stage, fail it might. Forces are conspiring to make the project fail. For some Israelis, any Palestinian success is a set back for total Israeli domination of the West Bank. Some Israeli's don't want to agree to a water hook up unless Palestinians agree retroactively to approve water hook-ups at Israeli West Bank settlements, something Palestinians are loath to do. Some Palestinians feel a successful project for the Palestinian middle-class normalizes the occupation and amounts to collaboration.

Committed buyers are beginning to back out. If the Project fails it will be another blow for entropy, chaos, and war.

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