Israel and Jordan’s governments have agreed to a plan to create a desalination plant near the Jordanian tourist resort of Akaba.
The ultimate goal is to help replenish the Dead Sea.
The “Red-Dead” agreement, as it is called, will ensure that water remaining highly salty after the desalination process is complete will then be transported to the Dead Sea, which is of course known for its high salt level.
Silvan Shalom, Israel’s Energy Minister, Thursday visited Jordan on an official visit that marked the signing of the Israel-Jordan agreement.
“This is a historic agreement,” Shalom said, the Times of Israel reported. “Today we realize the vision of Binyamin Ze’ev Herzl, the visionary of the state, who already at the end of the 19th century understood the need to revive the Dead Sea. This is the most important and significant agreement since the peace treaty was signed with Jordan [in 1994].”