Israeli Druze Minister: Syria Should Give Water to Golan Towns

Town of Majdal Shams now receives 10 percent of its water from Syria, as part of a 25-year agreement.

An Israeli Druze minister vowed Sunday to work toward reaching an agreement with Syria over the supply of water to towns in the Golan Heights, Israel Radio has reported.

Currently, 10 percent of the water in the Israeli Druze town of Majdal Shams is supplied by Syria, sourced at the Ein-al-Toufah spring. Syria has allowed the town to use water from this spring for the past 25 years.

Ayoub Kara (Likud), who serves as Deputy Minister of the Development of the Negev and Galilee, said during a visit to the region on Sunday that Israel and Syria share common economic interests that should be developed upon.

For instance, srael exports apples grown in the Golan Heights to Syria yearly and allows periodical cross-border family and religious visits.

Syria wastes about 200 million cubic meters of water annually, Kara said during his tour on Sunday, adding that it should be possible to reach an agreement that would allow this resource to flow to the northern Golan.

Such an agreement should start with the Druze towns and go forth from there, he said.