While the book highlights the complexities pertaining to regional water scarcity and inequitable distribution, the contributors offer no definitive conclusions or facile solutions; yet there is a broad consensus that regional solutions to maximize water resources must be pursued even as desalination becomes more viable both from technical/economic standpoints. The continuing deterioration of existing water supplies in terms of quantity and quality mandate that any solution must be achieved within a political/social framework of peace, enlightened economic policies, and the application of technical solutions that take due account of environmental concerns.
K. David Hambright is Assistant Professor of Zoology at the University of Oklahoma Biological Station and Department of Zoology, and Adjunct Research Scientist at the Yigal Allon Kinneret Limnological Laboratory, Israel. F. Jamil Ragep is professor of the History of Science at the University of Oklahoma and Coordinator of Middle Eastern Studies. Joseph Ginat, formerly Chairman of the Jewish-Arab Center at the University of Haifa, and a former Director of the Israeli Academic Center in Cairo, is currently working with the Egyptian scholar Maha El-Rashidi on methods of conflict resolution.