Friday, January 16, 2009
Punishing The Water Criminals
Most parts of Israel have received only 60 to 80 percent of their normal rainfall for this time of year. The situation is particularly grave in Lake Kinneret, which is Israel's principal water source. Barring a last minute miracle rain, the lake is likely to remain so low as to virtually preclude pumping from it.
The Water Committee chairman MK Ophir Pines-Paz said that "the crisis is severe, but there is no sense of crisis and no one is behaving as if it were a crisis. We expect the government to adopt a determined, aggressive police of enforcement and punishment, including criminal charges [against violators of water restriction regulations]."
Incredible, but the ancient, savage mentality of searching for individuals guilty of causing the drought and punishing them, sacrificing them in honor of the rain god, is still dominating public mentality. Pines is inciting the people against the "water criminals" and demanding harsh punishment against them. Could it be that sacrificing a few water criminals, like those watering their garden during daylight (and not at night, as regulations demand) will make rain?