My interest in the water issues of the Middle East evolved during my work with A. Soffer on a report on the water resources of the Middle East prepared for the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Many people deserve my deepest gratitude for their assistance and support during the long course of producing this manuscript.
First, I would like to express my thanks to Arnon Soffer from the University of Haifa for his broad knowledge of the Middle East, for his very useful remarks and his assistance in the long process of producing the book.
Also from the University of Haifa, Micha Klein and Stanley Waterman, whose comments were found to be most valuable.
My thanks to the anonymous reviewers of the book. It benefited tremendously from their comments. Sammy Beris provided marvellous help in editing the book whereas Genoveba Breitstein typed it superbly. To both I submit my deepest gratitude. Elkie Wootton who typed the final version of the manuscript performed very skilful work. The artwork was carried out by Shoshana Mansfeld who produced, as usual, perfect work.
Finally, my thanks to the University of Haifa Research Authority for its support in the production and successful completion of the book. I am grateful to my family and friends for their patience and support during the long process involved in completing it.