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Israel Ready to Build Red Sea-Dead Sea Project With Jordan

  • Channel would cost $80m per year for 25 years, Israel says
  • Project would bring Jordan water, counter Dead Sea evaporation
Mountains in Jordan are see beyond the Dead Sea from the West Bank on Nov. 24, 2018.

Mountains in Jordan are see beyond the Dead Sea from the West Bank on Nov. 24, 2018.

Photographer: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images

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Israel’s regional cooperation minister said Israel is ready to move ahead with a multibillion dollar project with Jordan to pipe water from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea, an idea that’s been on the drawing board for years.

Tzachi Hanegbi said he expects the Israeli cabinet to approve the Red Sea-Dead Sea project, which will bring water from the Red Sea to a desalination center in the Jordanian port of Aqaba. The brine byproduct will be piped 200 kilometers (125 miles) north to the Dead Sea, a salt lake bordered by Jordan to the east and Israel and the West Bank to the west, whose severe shrinkage has created a slew of environmental problems.