Little is left of the Jordan River. Most of the water is diverted for irrigating farmlands and supplying cities. Few rivers have spawned conflict like the Jordan River has.
The past ten years have been a particular challenge. Sustained below average rainfall has resulted in depleted aquifers and has forced farmers to leave land idle. Throughout history the countries and communities in the Levant have been hassling, disputing, and fighting over the little water available. The 251 km long Jordan River originating in Lebanon and terminating in the Dead Sea is the main fresh water source in the region, and the main cause of quarrels.