... for having been quiet for so long. It has been a busy time, with transcriptions, analysis, methodological research, and other things. Also, if you do not mind me saying, a book I am editing with a friend and colleague about religion and conflict is about to be published, and has been taking a little bit of time, too.
However, all this is irrelevant compared with the events of the last couple of weeks in Israel and Palestine. Much has and still depends on them - like, for instance, my return to Israel in June. The biggest surprise is, maybe, that in both societies, Israeli and Palestinian, social and societal agendas have played a major role. The Hamas would not have achieved its popularity without its social work, even though Fatah's corruption and Hamas' supposedly honourable fight against Israel have played their part, too. And Israel has voted for parties who are planning to act as if the Palestinians aren't even there, too. Unilateral means alone, you know.
For the water issue, all this is relevant primarily because it seems as if the issue of final borders might be tackled in one way or another in the not too distant future. Also, the new Hamas government will, I think, employ a new head of the Palestinian Water Authority - unfortunately, I do not know for sure since the official website is not public anymore. I will ask people and keep you posted.