A webinar discussion organized by the Ethiopian embassy in Israel accentuated Ethiopia’s call for equitable share of the Nile waters.
In “The Quest for Equitable Share of the Nile Waters” discussion, Ambassador Reta Alemu said the quest for equitable share of the Nile has been at the center of the negotiation among the riparian countries.
He said “it is time for Ethiopia to secure a fair share of the waters of the Nile.”
A very prominent scholar, Prof Haggai Erlich said the GERD symbolizes the revolution of development in Ethiopia and it is a fact that must be recognized as a reality that stays there.
Egyptians must accept this new reality and adjust their perspective, the Prof stressed.
The renowned Prof of Middle Eastern and African History, from Tel Aviv University presented from his book titled, “From Aswan to Renaissance Dam ′′ based on his studies that show the nexus between history and current situations in the region.
“Ethiopia and Egypt can and should solve their differences through dialogue without any intervention and “paternalistic approach by a global power,” the Prof indicated.
Another historian, Dr. Ofir, Vice President for Academic Affairs of the Herzl Institute and the Director of its National Strategy Initiative, presented his views and stated that an innovative regional approach that employs technology could be a win-win solution to address the challenges of water stress, drought and climate change.
While stressing that Ethiopia has the right to use its share of the Nile River, he called for a new partnership that uses an Israeli technology and a potential investment from the US for sea water desalination.
He underlined that this new partnership should recognize GERD as a source of cooperation and regional integration for Ethiopia, Egypt and the entire region.
African Ambassadors in Israel, academicians and researchers attended the webinar. Participants from all over the world raised questions and comments on the subject which was addressed by the panellists.