Sep. 10, 2002
Report: Sharon hints military action possible to prevent Lebanon diversion of Hatzbani River
By THE JERUSALEM POST INTERNET STAFF AND ASSOCIATED PRESS
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon hinted today he would weigh military action to prevent Lebanon from diverting a southern river which flows into Israel's main reservoir, Lake Kinneret, Army Radio reports.
Sharon told the cabinet that Lebanon's plan to divert the waters of the Hatzbani River are a "casus belli" for Israel, the report says.
Transportation Minister Ephraim Sneh said Sharon discussed the matter with top officers, adding, "this is a most serious thing and we have to find a good and enlightened way to put an end to it."
Lebanon has been under international pressure to drop the project as a threat to Israel's water supply, according to foreign reports.
After several years of drought, Israel and other nations in the region are facing a severe water shortage. Water is scarce in much of the desert-dominated Mideast in the best of circumstances.
I believe that diverting the course of a river without prior consultation with the country that itâ€™s going to effect is paramount to an act of war.