Upcoming Dead Sea Stunt: What Could Go Wrong?

A group of swimmers are to attempt a 7-hour crawl across the Dead Sea.

No, Hayden will not be taking part

No, Hayden will not be taking part

A group of swimmers is attempting to cross the Dead Sea from Jordan to Israel in a bid to draw attention to the body of water’s environmental deterioration.

The 25 swimmers started at dawn Tuesday on a 9-mile (15-kilometer) swim that is expected to take seven hours, and which organizers say is the first swim of its kind.

The swimmers, who hail from Israel, the Palestinian territories and as far as New Zealand, South Africa and Denmark, will wear special face masks to shield them from the briny water which is painful to the eyes and can be deadly to ingest. The group is also being accompanied by support vessels with medical equipment and food.

Environmentalists blame water mismanagement for the Dead Sea’s shrinkage over the last few decades.

And let’s not forget palestinians can’t even go fishing there anymore.

I have some predictions for this stunt:

  1. It is going to devolve into an Israel hate-fest (or perhaps that has always been the intention, at least by some)
  2. It will draw more attention to the dangers of the Dead Sea than anything else
  3. There will be another type of shrinkage involved

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media