Amnesty International just released a report on water rights in Israel/Palestine.
Matt Yglesias gets to the crux of the matter:
“Israel is, of course, a democracy. And politicians in democracies are responsive to the interests of the electorate. Jewish settlers in the West Bank get to vote. Palestinians in the West Bank don’t get to vote. So it shouldn’t surprise anyone that infrastructure decisions are systematically made in ways that favor the interests of the settlers over the interests of the stateless Palestinians. These are the wages of occupation.”
This analysis holds, of course, precisely because Israel prevents the majority of people under its governance from voting.