Netanyahu Offers Iran Solutions for Water Crisis

Netanyahu Offers Iran Solutions for Water Crisis

Tuesday, 12 June, 2018 - 08:45
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to the Iranians about the water crisis in a video on YouTube | Asharq Al-Awsat
London, Tel Aviv- Asharq Al Awsat
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released a video Sunday personally addressing the Iranian people by announcing the launch of a Persian-language website to address "the severe water shortage that threatens millions of lives."

Netanyahu said he was ready to personally be responsible for marketing a new Israeli initiative called "Life for the Iranian People," aimed at helping Iranians in the water field.

He appeared in a video filmed in his office in West Jerusalem for this purpose, and he began with a scene in which he poured a glass of water for himself from a glass container he said was produced by desalination plants. He then spoke about the severe crisis faced by Iranians as a result of water shortages.

“Millions of Iranian children are suffering from mismanagement and incompetence,” he stated.

He noted that "Iran's meteorological organization says that nearly 96 percent of Iran suffers from some level of drought," and that Iran’s Environmental Minister had warned that "50 million Iranians could be forced to leave their homes due to environmental problems."

Israel’s prime minister openly boasted that his country developed “cutting-edge technologies” in the field, and it “recycles nearly 90 percent of its wastewater.”

The promoted website is actually a section at the official site of the Israeli Foreign Ministry, which indeed features some articles on water management and agriculture in Farsi.

Notably, the web page eagerly encourages Iranians to read about the new Israeli water management and follow the news about it on Telegram – an instant messaging service that was actually banned in Iran as early as a month ago.

The video was posted on a special site set up by the Israeli government in Persian-language as part of a photo-management report showing how Israel can help Iranians in water reuse.

Notably, Iran has been experiencing tension in several areas because of a sharp drop in water supply following a drought that has been hitting the country for 10 years now.

Experts also point fingers at poor water management in the country and the widening of the environmental crisis.

In response to Netanyahu’s video, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi said that Netanyahu's comments do not deserve even an answer.

“I don't know why we should answer the claims made by this showman,' Qasemi said.

“Of course, I think since he has not managed to change the Europeans' views on the Iran Deal during his tour of the Continent, now he is embarking on such a deceitful measure against Iran,” he said.

“Netanyahu should better stop going on with his crimes and child killings. He does not need to be concerned about drought in Iran,” Qasemi stressed.

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