Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released a video on Sunday in which he offered his country’s water expertise to Iran, which he said faces an environmental disaster due to persistent drought.
The offer comes just two weeks after ‘death to Israel’ chants were heard in Iran on Al-Quds Day, and after Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei called Israel a “malignant cancerous tumour” to be “removed and eradicated”.
Mr Netanyahu said: “The Iranian regime shouts, ‘Death to Israel! In response, Israel shouts, “Life to the Iranian people!… Today I’m going to make an unprecedented offer to Iran. It relates to water. Israel stands with the people of Iran and that is why I want to help save countless Iranian lives”. He underlined: “The Iranian people are victims of a cruel and tyrannical regime that denies them vital water. Israel stands with the people of Iran”.
Nearly 96% of Iran suffers from some levels of drought. Israel today leads the world in water recycling, purifying 86% of its domestic wastewater and recycling it for agricultural use.