The Kinneret - Sea of Galilee
Israel's Reliable Rain Gage

Lake Kinneret or the Sea of Galilee is the Gage of
Abundant Rain in Israel
The Right Question - What is the level of the Kinneret? -

Gives the Right Answer Regarding
ABUNDANT RAIN in ISRAEL

To find when Israel last had ABUNDANT RAIN - Find out when the level of the Kinneret had a number of
209 Meters below Sea Level.


 It is good to see people like Barry Chamish and others calling attention to the REALITY of the WATER CRISIS in the Middle East in general and Israel in particular. However, people like Barry Chamish who do not KNOW, or understand, or believe what the Prophets of Israel have said regarding this in the KJV Holy Bible, will always look at the wrong reasons, and draw the wrong conclusions. The following brief exchange between Barry Chamish and Jim Searcy in 2002 illustrates the point. Bottom Line just the WATER CRISIS alone, and the NO ABUNDANT RAIN JUDGMENT upon Israel, proves the IMPOSSIBILITY and folly of the Road Map from Hell to form a Satanic moon god rabid terrorist state in the Mountains of Israel.

Barry Chamish's writes in 2002:

"Ever since the Jordanian/Israeli Peace Treaty," I explained, "there
is a drought exported each year. In the past five years I can recall
that one winter was a real disaster, one was pretty dry and the
others were better than average. And even in those years, droughts
were reported, though everyone knew lots of rain fell. The
explanation was always that it fell in the wrong places. And every
year the Kinneret falls by about 50 million cubic meters, the same
amount shifted to Jordan. The Kinneret is shrinking because of
corrupt diplomacy, not drought.

Jim refused to budge on the issue but Amicam saw eye to eye with
me. I want to focus my documentary on the desalinization plant that
Wayne Owens and Peres set up in Ashkelon. I've just been doing
research on water issues and the whole water field here is criminally
run. Ginosar may have gotten Owens angry but my feeling is that water
got him killed."

Barry Chamish's Facts and subjective opinions:
1) Israel exports 50 million cubic meters of water to Jordan that
causes the Kinneret to shrink.
2) Subjective opinion of relative rainfall in the last 5 years.
3) Amicam agrees, that the problem is not drought but corrupt
diplomacy.

Barry Chamish's Conclusion: There is no drought and the fix may be as
simple as turning off the water valve to Jordan.

Jim Searcy's Facts:
1) Israel's TAMPER PROOF and OBJECTIVE RAIN GUAGE is the Kinneret,
aka, the Sea of Galilee.
2) Normal pumping from the Kinneret of 1,500,000 cubic meters per day
has been cut to 700,000 cubic meters per day since 2000. There was a
report that pumping has been cut to 350,000 cubic meters per
day.
3) At normal pumping rate (prior to 2000 @ 1,500,000Cu. M per day) the
annual amount pumped from the Kinneret is approximately 550 Million
Cubic Meters ANNUALLY.
4) At the reduced pumping rate (since 2000@ 700,000Cu. M per day) the
annual amount pumped from the Kinneret is approximately 225 Million
Cubic Meters ANNUALLY.
5) Approximately 35% of Israel's water supply comes from the Kinneret.
6) Approximately 25% of the water flow IN to the Kinneret comes from
the Hatzbani River, which Lebanon had threatened to unilaterally
divert. Has Lebanon been allowed to do this diversion which would be
a violation of international law?
7) Each foot, or approximately each 30 cm, of the level change in the
Kinneret represents 51 Million Cubic Meters of water, or the
equivalent of the ANNUAL supply of water from the Kinneret, that
Israel pumps to Jordan.
8) The government-mandated "RED LINE" of 213 meters below sea level,
was changed to 214 meters below sea level in 2001. The RED LINE is
the point at which pumping from the Kinneret is to be stopped to
avoid permanent damage to the Kinneret.
9) The pumping from the Kinneret since 2000 has been CUT by a FACTOR
that is 5 TIMES greater than the 50 million Cu.M being sent to
Jordan. YES 5 TIMES GREATER THAN THE AMOUNT BEING SENT TO JORDAN. And
the Kineret level is still shrinking.
10) If there were abundant rainfall in Israel the Kinneret would be
at the optimum level of 208-209. Yet today it is
about 900 Million Cubic Meters BELOW Optimum.
11) In 1994 Israel agreed to send 55 Million Cu. Meters of water from
the Kinneret to Jordan per year. The total Kinneret water to Jordan
is approximately a total of 500 Million Cubic Meters Since 1994.
12) Pumping from the Kinneret was reduced in 2000 from 1,500,000 to
700,000 Cu. M per day. That should have Kept 255 Million Cubic meters
more water in the Kinneret, some 5 times what was being given by
Israel to Jordan. Yet the Kinneret today, is 900 Million Cubic Meters
below OPTIMUM.
13) Since about 1996, there appears to be somewhere in the
neighborhood of 200-300 Million cubic meters of water SHORTAGE PER
YEAR, in terms of the amount of water flowing INTO the Kinneret. Even
when the pumping in 2000 was reduced by over 250 Million cubic meters
per year, the Kinneret continues to shrink.
14) The prophets of Israel have foretold a severe drought in Israel
as a sign of the end of days and coming of Messiah.

Jim Searcy's Conclusion: There is a drought of BIBLICAL proportions in
Israel, and the ONLY answer is MUCH more ABUNDANT Rain. While corrupt
diplomacy does add to the drought problem, if NONE of the 50 Million
cubic meters of water per year were to flow to Jordan, there still
remains a drought of Biblical proportions in Israel.


Abundant - full, jammed, jam-packed, packed, chock-full, brim full. overflowing.

It does not mean empty. The Kinneret has never been so empty as in the fall of 2002. Rocks at the shore of the Sea of Galilee were out of the water for the first time in the history of planet earth. The 3.5 year drought was truly a drought of BIBLICAL Proportions. (Rev 11:6)

The lake, whose size so impressed the ancient world that it earned the title of "sea," has shrunk annually for the past four years. There has been an obvious judgment of God that resulted in NO ABUNDANT RAIN for 3.5 years.


Aruts -7 March 1, 2002. WARM FEBRUARY ENDS
Following the generous rains of December and January, Israel has just completed its warmest February in the past 25 years.  Rainfall in the south this past month totaled only 40-60% of the average, although in the north it was 60-80%, and other areas enjoyed 80-95% of their average.  The Kinneret Sea, Israel's main reservoir, has risen almost a meter since the beginning of the winter, but still requires almost another full meter just to reach the previous red-line minimum.
No ABUNDANT RAIN for 3.5 years
While many were praying for the NO Rain Judgment to continue - We could not help but pray the drought would end. For indeed it had been 3.5 years. THE TIME HAD BEEN FULFILLED.
We do Thank the Father in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ that Israel, beginning in October 2002 received the MOST ABUNDANT and Blessed and Needed Rain in History. We do Praise the Lord for His Mercy to Send the ABUNDANT Rain again beginning in October 2002. Alleluia. Alleluia Yeshua.

As recent as March 2002, at the end of the rainy season, in the face of wars, rumours of war, and heavy handed corrupt politics threatening to collapse the government, the WATER CRISIS in Israel had finally moved up on the national agenda. Israel could only survive, regardless of wars, by a GREAT miracle from the God of Israel.


When the drought makes the top Israel national cartoon Believe the REALITY.


Detail Current and Historical Rain Data for Israel according to the Kinneret Level will be found right after this information about how the Kinneret is Israel's Reliable rain gage and how to read it.

The Kinneret covers an area of 64 square miles; its maximum length (north to south) is 15 miles and its maximum width (east to west) is 10 miles. The surface of the lake is approximately 696 feet below the level of the Mediterranean Sea. The Kinneret is fed by a number of fresh water streams. There are also salty springs at the lake bottom and along its shores. These add to the salt content (salinity) of the water which is intensified by the high evaporation rate due to the hot climate.

It is those salty springs that represent the problem. When the lake is at normal level the hydrostatic pressure of the water above the inlet of those salty springs keep the salt springs from flowing. As the level of the lake drops more salty water comes into the lake. The Hydrologists in Israel established a Red Line at 213 meters below sea level. As the water level drops you get higher numbers for the lake level. This is because the lake is located below sea level. Just before the winter rainy season began in November 2001, the lake had dropped (to higher number) to 214.85 the lowest level ever. When the water level goes below the red line (higher number) there is danger of permanent damage to the water quality of the lake, possibly making it permanently undrinkable and even unfit for irrigation.

Lake Kinneret is the most important water resource in Israel, providing approximately 35% of the drinking water, a proportion that is constantly increasing. Therefore maintaining high water quality is crucial. The National Water Carrier is an engineering showpiece. The intricate grid of pipeline and canal, is fed by three huge pumps on the Galilee, or Lake Kinneret, set underground in case of war with neighboring Syria. It conveys water far south to the Negev desert. Normally, the lake supplies more than 100 billion gallons a year, but pumping is down by more than three-quarters, and is being pushed ever closer to the point where saltwater will permanently damage the reservoir making its water unusable. The appearance of potentially toxic Cyan Bacteria in recent years suggests that the future water quality of the lake may be at risk. If the lake's surface drops another three feet, pumps will draw air and stop dead.

The original "red line" is 213 meters below sea level. At the end of January see if the level is even to the original red line when pumping has been cut in half this past year. That is NOT what you call ABUNDANT RAIN. Every year at the rainy season there are reports of flooding and even deaths from flooding. However it is NOT ABUNDANT RAIN when at the end of the Rainy Season with the pumping cut in half, and then by 3/4 this year, if the level of the Kinneret is not at a level of 210 or smaller. Ideal would have a level of 208. If the level at the end of the rainy season Jan 31, 2002, is not a number less than 210 you do NOT have ABUNDANT RAIN.

At the end of last years rainy season Israel's water commissioner said that pumping would have to be cut by 50%. The level of Lake Kinneret will continue to drop steeply this year to about 214.3 meters below sea level, more than a meter below the "red line" level where continued pumping jeopardizes water quality. As it turned out the pumping was cut 75% and the Kinneret hit a low level at the end of November 2001 that was even worse 214.85. Last year in the winter of 2000-2001 Lake Kinneret received less than one-quarter of the normal influx.

209 Normal Level At End of Rainy Season in February

213 Red Line - Level at which water quality becomes great concern

214.85 Actual level at the START of 2001-2002 Rainy Season (What will it be at the end of this Rainy Season) Any number greater than 210 should NOT be considered ABUNDANT RAIN, no matter who would say otherwise.


KINNERET - 3/09/04 - The Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) continues to rise.  It now stands at 209.0 meters below seal level. Another centimeter of height - 1.7 million cubic meters of water - was added yesterday, a result of runoff from the winter's rains.  The level of the country's main source of water is now within 22 centimeters (9 inches) of its maximum level.  The Water Commission is not planning to rush to open the Deganiah Dam, however, unless the threat of flooding facing Tiberias and Ein Gev becomes imminent.
KINNERET - 2/18/04 - The Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) continues to climb, due to runoff from the recent snow and rain in the north.  It now stands at 209.5 meters below sea level, with only 70 centimeters (27.6 inches) to go before reaching the newly-adjusted maximum level of 208.8 meters.  Kinneret Administration personnel are monitoring the situation, in order to open the Deganiah Dam before the waters begin to flood nearby Tiberias and Ein Gev, but without causing undue water loss.  More rain is expected in the north, beginning tonight, and spreading to central Israel tomorrow and Friday.
KINNERET - 12/28/03 - The Kinneret Sea is now 211.04 meters below sea level - some three meters higher than last year at this time, but still 2.14 meters lower than its optimal level. The country's largest reservoir now stands at 1.32 meters lower than its highest point over the past several years, which was reached six months ago.
KINNERET - 6/20/03 - The Kinneret Sea is now 209.72 the highest level in almost 4 years. The level from this point will be going down farther below sea level. The level will not begin climbing again until the winter rains.
KINNERET - 3/20/03 - The Kinneret now stands at 211.11 meters below sea level. Heavy rain yesterday raised the Kinneret 11 centimeters. It rained today, and more is expected tomorrow.
KINNERET - 3/17/03 - The Kinneret now stands at 211.27 meters below sea level. Despite little rain over the past week. Heavy rains are expected beginning tomorrow afternoon.
KINNERET - 3/11/03 - The Kinneret now stands at 211.42. Heavy rains are expected, for the first time in over a week, from tonight until Thursday.
KINNERET - 3/3/03 - The Kinneret now stands at 211.72. The level is continuing to rise 4 cm per day even though the flow into the Kinneret, was actually stronger than those numbers indicate, but the Mekorot Water Company has been streaming water from the Kinneret into underground reservoirs in central Israel and elsewhere. Mekorot drew 25 million cubic meters of water (about 15 centimeters of height) from the Kinneret this month - six times more than originally planned. This winter's rains has gained the Kinneret 2.7 meters, leaving another 2.8 meters to reach its optimum level. Some rain is expected today in northern Israel, spreading towards the center this evening.
KINNERET - 2/27/03 - The Kinneret jumped another 12 centimeters (4.7 inches) yesterday and now stands at 211.91 meters below sea level.
KINNERET - 2/26/03 - The Kinneret jumped another 16 centimeters (6.3 inches) yesterday, and currently stands at 212.03 meters below sea level - 2.4 meters higher than at the beginning of the rainy season, but still 3.1 meters below optimal level.
KINNERET - 2/24/03 - The Kinneret rose another 7 centimeters yesterday, and is presently measured at 212.26 centimeters below sea level, or 3.36 meters below optimum level. It has risen 2.16 meters so far this winter.
KINNERET - 2/18/03 - The Kinneret Sea keeps climbing, and now stands at 212.84 meters below sea level - a jump of 25 centimeters in the past week.
KINNERET - 2/16/03 - Mazel tov! For the first time in at least three years, the Kinneret Sea - Israel's largest reservoir - has broken past the minimum "red line" level. Today's measurements, show that the Kinneret climbed 16 centimeters, bringing it to 212.93 meters below sea level - 7 centimeters higher than the government-mandated red line of 213 meters. The Kinneret's highest point last year, approximately the same as the year before, was some 23 centimeters lower than its present level. The Kinneret still has four meters - over 680 million cubic meters of water - to go before it reaches its optimum level. Strong rains are expected again on Wednesday.
KINNERET - 2/04/03 - The Kinneret, Israel's largest reservoir, stands at 213.57 meters below sea level, with only 57 centimeters (1 foot 11 inches) to reach the minimum "red line."
KINNERET - 2/03/03 Rain is expected once again tomorrow and the next day from the northern Negev to northern Israel. The Kinneret Sea, Israel's largest reservoir, has profited nicely from the rains of this winter, currently standing at 213.61 meters below sea level - 81 centimeters higher than at the beginning of the rainy season. Sixty-one centimeters, or 103.7 million cubic meters of water, are still necessary before the minimum "red line" is reached. Meteorologists are optimistic that this winter will bring above-average rains.
KINNERET -1/30/03 - The Kinneret Sea rose some 15 centimeters over the past two days - including a near-record 10 centimeters (2.5 inches) yesterday - and now stands at 213.70 meters below sea level. The government-mandated "red line," below which is considered unsafe, is 213 meters below sea level. The optimum level is 4.1 meters higher than the "red line."
KINNERET -1/27/03 - The level of the Kinneret Sea stands today at 213.85 centimeters below sea level. The Kinneret is filling up this year at a faster pace than last year, when the above level was reached only on March 20.
KINNERET -1/02/03 - The Kinneret Sea, Israel's largest reservoir, is at the 213.94 mark, leaving room for optimism that it will reach the "red line" mark of 213 meters below sea level by the beginning of April. Its highest point last year was only -213.18, which it reached only in mid-May. Last year, the Kinneret rose approximately 1.3 meters between Jan. 13 and the end of the rainy season...
KINNERET -12/11/02 - Kinneret has climbed another centimeter, to 214.37 centimeters below sea level. This is 1.37 meters below the government-mandated "red line" level, and some 5.5 meters - 935 million cubic meters of water - below optimum level.
KINNERET -11/18/02 - The Kinneret Sea currently stands 214.37 meters below sea level, 46 centimeters higher than it was last year at this time, but still 1.37 meters below the original government-mandated red line...
KINNERET - 10/31/02 - Kinneret, Israel's largest reservoir, stands at 214.32 meters below sea level - some 40 centimeters higher than it was two years ago at this time, but still worrisomely low.
KINNERET - 9/2/02 - Kinneret Sea - Israel's largest reservoir - was listed today at 214.04 meters below sea level. This is just over a meter below the government-mandated red line, but a handful of centimeters higher than last year at this time...
KINNERET - 6/24/02 - The following decisions were made:1. The water transfer agreement with Jordan will be upheld. 2. A professional government team will hold discussions with its Jordanian counterpart on the format for supplying water from Israel to Jordan in 2002/3, while taking into account the drought and state of the Kinneret.
KINNERET - 5/15/02 - Despite the rains of today and yesterday, the level of the Kinneret Sea - the country's largest reservoir - has begun to drop once again. After reaching its highest point in a year, 213.16 meters below sea level, three days ago, it now stands at -213.18.
KINNERET - 4/4/02 - The Kinneret Sea now stands at 213.5 meters below sea level, only a half-meter below the original government-mandated minimum red line. The minimum level beyond which the Kinneret is forbidden to fall has been lowered by 2.5 meters in the past two years, after it was found that the feared irreparable damage to Kinneret water quality - by plant-growth accumulation and sediments - did not materialize. The current level is thus exactly two meters above the official red line. The Kinneret, the country's largest reservoir, has risen 35 centimeters in the past 15 days, and 25 centimeters in the past eight days - an increase of 40 million cubic meters in Israel's water supply.
KINNERET - 3/21/02 - The level of the Kinneret Sea, Israel's largest reservoir, stands at 213.84 meters below sea level - still 84 centimeters below the original government-mandated "red line" minimum acceptable level. The level has risen 1.04 meters since the beginning of the winter. Prime Minister Sharon, decided yesterday to increase yet again the amount of water to be desalinated by 200 million cubic meters a year.
KINNERET - 1/09/02 - Kinneret is rising slowly but steadily. Latest measurements show that the country's largest reservoir had reached a level of 214.28 meters below sea level - two feet higher than its lowest point at the end of last summer. Each foot (30 centimeters) of height represents 51 million cubic meters of water.
KINNERET - 12/06/01 - The Kinneret has risen eleven centimeters in the past week, and now stands at 214.77 meters below sea level. It is still lacking some 300 million cubic meters of water, or 1.77 meters of height, in order to reach the original minimum "red line" level.
KINNERET - November 2001, Just before the winter rainy season began, the lake had dropped (to higher number) to 214.85 the lowest level ever.
KINNERET - 10/16/01 - Kinneret Sea, Israel's largest reservoir, currently stands at minus 214.71 meters below sea level. The country's main reservoir thus stands almost five meters less than the optimum level, and 71 centimeters below the government-mandated red line of -214 meters. The red line was adjusted downwards last year from -213 meters below sea level.
KINNERET - 9/20/01 -The Kinneret current level 214.63, or 63 centimeters below the "red line."
KINNERET - 8/26/01 - Kinneret Sea, Israel's largest reservoir, currently stands at minus 214.3 meters below sea level.Mekorot Water Company officials on Sunday announced that the new manmade lake near the Kinneret would ensure the water commitment to Jordan in the peace treaty would continue flowing despite Israel critical water shortage.
KINNERET - 8/14/01- Kinneret Sea, Israel's largest reservoir, currently stands at 214.04 and is expected to drop even farther.
KINNERET - 7/09/01 - The level of the Kinneret is now approximately 213.70 meters below sea level, 70 centimeters below the old government-mandated "red line." no matter how the situation is viewed, there is a gap of close to 125 million cubic meters of water between the demand and the supply. Water drawing from the Kinneret must stop, and must be increased from the coastal aquifer instead, according to Water Commissioner Shimon Tal.
KINNERET - 6/06/01 - The level of Lake Kinneret is dropping at a faster rate than expected and is likely to reach the new red-line mark before the end of summer. This is despite the fact that pumping from the lake has been halved to 700,000 cubic meters a day compared to 1.5 million cm. in a normal year. Officials in the Water Commissioners' Office confirmed yesterday that the level is falling at an average rate of more than one centimeter a day, and is now 213.42, just 58 cm. above the new minimum mark.
KINNERET - 3/28/01 - The level of the Kinneret: 213.07 meters below sea level. The level has risen a steady but very slow 20 centimeters a month all winter, and water officials hope that it will be able to climb at least another 7 centimeters to reach the "red line" before the rainy season ends in the coming days and weeks
KINNERET - 3/05/01 -The "red line" currently stands at 213 meters below sea level; the current level of the Kinneret is 213.18 or 18 centimeters below that.
KINNERET - 1/28/01 - The level of the Kinneret: 213.48 meters below sea level. The lake's level has increased by only about 19 million cubic meters of water since the beginning of January, compared to 80m. cu. m. at this time in a year of average rainfall. Since the beginning of the winter, the Sea of Galilee has risen by only 28 cm., and is still 48 cm. below the original red line of 213 meters below sea level.
KINNERET - 1/2/2000 - The level of the Kinneret Sea (Sea of Galilee) is the lowest in history. It is currently 213.22 meters below sea level, or 22 centimeters under the government-authorized red line where the water will become undrinkable and even unusable for irrigation.
KINNERET - 11/21/99 - The level of the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) today is 213.20 meters below sea level, or 20 centimeters under what has long been known as the Red Line.
(03.15.99) ISRAEL (drought) Extended drought in Israel has reduced its water resources such that it cannot meet the terms of the 1994 peace accords. Under the agreement Israel must supply Jordan with 55 million cubic meters of water from the Yamouk River each year. The river runs into the Sea of Galilee, which is currently at its lowest level since 1908.

Special NOTE before 2001 the RED LINE was 213.00. In 2001 the RED LINE was conveniently changed to 214.00.

Also Note that since the Kinneret is BELOW SEA LEVEL the higher the number the LOWER the level.


Here are reports on the WATER CRISIS IN ISRAEL due to the effects of the loss of ABUNDANT RAIN. Sources: IsraelWire, Jerusalem Post, Arutz 7, and Andra Brach's Weekend News Today


Ha'aretz January 9, 2002
If the rain continues at the same frequency, intensity and volume that the country has experienced since early November, there is a chance that the condition of the aquifers will improve. They will still be in bad shape, but any recovery at all would help meet water supply targets until a number of planned desalination plants go online in 2004.

However, there is very little chance that all this rain - even if it continues for the next two months - will have much impact on the national water reservoir, Lake Kinneret. And this coming summer, the lake is likely to be affected by pollution and salination.

The last time the country's aquifers were measured was on January 1, because the Hydrological Service conducts its monthly surveys on the first of every month. Thus the numbers did not include the rain of the past few days.

Nonetheless, there was a significant rise in the level of water in the mountain aquifer, one of the country's two main aquifers. The best example was in one well, dubbed Menashe T/1, where the surface level rose 60 centimeters - to 9.83 meters above sea level - within a single month, moving it away from the red line, which is 9 meters above sea level. This is critical, since the well is in an area particularly susceptible to salination as a result of dropping water levels. The rise in the water level at Menashe, which is east of Hadera, is indicative of the large amount of rain that fell in December.

The coastal aquifer saw much less significant changes - from a few centimeters in some wells to 20 centimeters at others. This aquifer is already threatened with salination in several wells.

There has also been improvement in a number of natural springs. A good example is Nahal Batzat, which went totally dry in the summer, requiring the Mekorot Water Company to use hoses to fill it. In recent weeks, there has been a growing trickle through the riverbed.

Yesterday saw a six-centimeter rise in the level of Lake Kinneret, representing more than 10 million cubic meters of water. But the lake is still two meters shy of the level at which it is out of danger - and that level would take 300 million cubic meters of water to reach. Until last week, there was little rain in the area around the Kinneret basin, as measured by the flow of water into the lake from the north. Early January measurements showed that there 6.6 cubic meters of water a second were flowing into the lake, much the same as at the end of December.

So far, the rainfall has matched the predictions made by meteorologists at the start of the season: They said they expected a 10 percent increase over the average rainfall of the past decade. But the rain has not been distributed evenly over the country. Most has fallen along the coast, rather than either in the north, where it would flow into the Kinneret, or in the hills of the West Bank, from which it would flow into the mountain aquifer.

Experts say the rainfall pattern in recent years - brief but intense rainstorms in some areas, combined with relative drought in the north - are indicative of the earth's warming.

Israeli hydrology experts say that even a year of bountiful with rain will not change the general situation. Israel's water reserves need billions of cubic meters of water to get them back to where they are capable of supplying the country's needs. That is why the Water Commissioner's office is insisting that the desalination plants start by producing 300 million cubic meters a year, rather than 200 million, as the government has approved.


8/14/2001 CNN Reports - Sea of Galilee Lowest level in history - NEEDS A MIRACLE!

Yes, even CNN, had to admit, that only a MIRACLE can save the Sea of Galilee. Today's CNN & Reuter's headline reads, "Israel's shrinking Sea of Galilee needs miracle."

You may read the full story at:

http://www.cnn.com/2001/TECH/science/08/13/israel.galilee.reut/index.html

Here are a few quotes from the article:

Successive years of low rainfall and increasing reliance on the Sea of Galilee's waters as other Israeli water sources are depleted has brought the lake to its lowest level in history.

The lake, whose size so impressed the ancient world that it earned the title of "sea," has shrunk annually for the past four years, exposing chunks of lakebed. Swimmers must hike up to 100 yards from the beach to reach the water's edge.

So severe is the crisis, that the state water commissioner last week lowered the red-line. It is currently 214.04 and is expected to drop even farther.

The sun evaporates a quarter-inch of water from the Sea of Galilee every day during summer, meaning that by December the lake will have dropped by at least another yard.

The water commissioner has cut pumping water from the Sea of Galilee by nearly half. But it's still not enough to save the Sea of Galilee's water supply, which is becoming more salty as the water level drops.

As the country pins its hopes on importing huge amounts of water from Mediterranean neighbor Turkey and constructing expensive water desalination plants, the fishermen of the Sea of Galilee look to the heavens.

"A human being can fight against three things -- storms, wind and against fire. This is a question of God," said Lev. "We must all pray we have rain this year."


7/08/2001 - WWIII Next Stop Jerusalem - Drought of Biblical Scale Worsens
The Sea of Galilee has been pumped almost to its limit. It is now so low that salt deposits endanger its sweet water. Broad mud flats and odd little islands deface the placid expanse of blue that until just a few years ago lapped at old stone walls. Israel's other main sources, the aquifers, are depleted by the worst drought ever.

This drought judgment has extended through the governments of Rabin, Peres, Netanyahu, Barak and now Sharon.

The fact is that there has been no abundant rain in Israel since 1996. The lack of rain judgment of Rev. 11:6a is HISTORY. It is so bad now that there is no option other than a great miracle by God Almighty.

``We're worried, very worried,'' said Zvi Stuhl, senior engineer at Mekorot, Israel's water company. Against a backdrop of fresh conflict, water politics are paramount. Arabs receive a fraction of what goes to Jews, which adds hard immediacy to the slow process of making peace.

In the Gaza Strip, a million Palestinians pump the last drinkable dregs of underground rivers polluted by encroaching seawater and sewage. ``Every day, the problem is getting worse.'' said Ayman Rabi, executive director of the Palestinian Hydrology Group. Uri Saguy, chairman of Mekorot, went on the air in June to warn of more drought to come, with the country already facing a 30 percent water shortfall.

The National Water Carrier is an engineering showpiece. The intricate grid of pipeline and canal, is fed by three huge pumps on the Galilee, or Lake Kinneret, set underground in case of war with neighboring Syria. It conveys water far south to the Negev desert. Normally, the lake supplies more than 100 billion gallons a year, but pumping is down by more than three-quarters, and is being pushed ever closer to the point where saltwater springs might seep in. If the lake's surface drops another three feet, Stuhl said, pumps will draw air and stop dead, Stuhl said. The carrier network also taps the coastal aquifer, which lies largely beneath Israel, and the mountain aquifer, which is mostly under Palestinian territory. Both are also at their danger points.

If you seek a war, water can provide a the best excuse, and if you seek peace, water is a bridge for cooperation.

Working the land and making deserts bloom is the basis of the whole Zionist enterprise of returning Jews to their homeland. Farming is already down to a token 2 percent of Israel's gross national product. Israel imports 80 percent of what it eats. Despite the crisis, Israel's home consumption remains near 80 gallons daily per person. In wealthy Tel Aviv neighborhoods, people use up to three times the national average, about equal to Phoenix, Ariz.

``Even now, most Israelis have no sense of a crisis,'' said Raphael Semiot at the Technion water center. ``It's hard to believe but many just go on as if nothing is different.''

Mutual distrust hampers technical practicalities. Palestinian leaders dismiss out of hand arrangements that leave Israel's hand on their faucet. They know that without water, they don't have food, and they are ready to fight.

Hillel Shuval, a Hebrew University expert, says ``We are already causing irreparable damage to our aquifers.'' Shuval also insists that only fair distribution can ease conflict, ``If we're going to live in peace with Palestinians,'' he concluded, ``it is in Israel's political, social and economic interest to get them enough water not only to survive but also to thrive.''

Lebanese Pumping Water Away From Israel - 3/14/01 - Arutz7
Water Commissioner Shimon Tal expressed concern today about Lebanese plans, already underway, to build a pumping station on the Hatzbani River. Tal told Army Radio today that the Hatzbani supplies nearly one quarter of the water flowing into the Kinneret, and warned that if Lebanon succeeds in diverting the flow, it would have serious consequences for Israel's water supply. IMRA notes that in 1964, when Syria attempted to divert the sources of the Jordan away from Israel, Israel responded militarily, and the plan was ultimately thwarted by IDF operations the following year.

Mekorot Water Company Chairman Uri Saguy, a former head of IDF Intelligence, stated later today that the new Lebanese water pumping station was "illegal, according to international law." He said that it could even lead to war, as unilateral actions may lead to unilateral reactions.

News of the Lebanese provocation follows yesterday's warnings that Israel's water supply is already sorely endangered. Infrastructures Minister Avigdor Lieberman had criticism today of Commissioner Tal and Mekorot Chairman Saguy for what he called their "hasty remarks" about the current water crisis. Tal told the Knesset Economic Committee yesterday that Israel's drinking water supply is in danger, and that drastic steps would have to be taken in order to ensure a sufficient supply for next year. Mekorot sources said that pumping from the Kinneret Sea would have to be stopped soon, while Tal said that private and public gardens would have to be dried out. Committee Chairman MK Avraham Poraz (Shinui) disagreed: "Why turn people into delinquents [for watering their gardens]?" He proposed raising the price of urban water use. Both Tal and Poraz object to raising farmers' water prices.

Environment Minister Tzachi HaNegbi said today that the government must make some fast decisions about importing water and desalination, "in order that we don't find ourselves in an even worse position a few years from now."
Stringent Water Proposals - 3/05/01 - Arutz7
The Water Commissionership will recommend that the new government enact the following water restrictions: No watering of public or private gardens for the next three years; the raising of home-consumption water prices; and further cutbacks in agricultural and industrial water quotas. The stringent proposals are a result of the drought of the past three years and the worsening water crisis. The lowering of the government-mandated "red line" - the level of the Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) below which it is not permissible to draw water - will also be considered. The "red line" currently stands at 213 meters below sea level; the current level of the Kinneret is 18 centimeters below that. The Kinneret has risen only some 55 centimeters since the end of last summer.

Kinneret level falling faster than anticipated
Jerusalem Post - David Rudge June 7, 2001

(June 6) - The level of Lake Kinneret is dropping at a faster rate than expected and is likely to reach the new red-line mark before the end of summer.

This is despite the fact that pumping from the lake has been halved to 700,000 cubic meters a day compared to 1.5 million cm. in a normal year.

Officials in the Water Commissioners' Office confirmed yesterday that the level is falling at an average rate of more than one centimeter a day, and is now just 58 cm. above the minimum mark.

The nation's two other main fresh water sources, the Coastal and Mountain Aquifers, are also badly depleted with levels on or below the respective red-lines.

Nevertheless, the government has so far rejected recommendations for a complete ban on irrigating lawns and gardens as an emergency measure to save water.

The proposal to compensate farmers for not using all their fresh water quotas, which have already been reduced by an average of 50 percent, is being delayed because of wrangles over legal definitions and the size of reimbursements.

Water experts have made it clear that there is shortfall of 200 million cubic meters between available sources and expected demand for water in the agricultural, urban, and industrial sectors.

The alternative to further cutbacks is to draw water from the Kinneret and the underground reservoirs well below the red-lines, and risk causing irreversible damage.

Mekorot chairman Uri Saguy indicated yesterday that a state of emergency should be declared over the water crisis. He said it was impossible to rely on winters of plentiful rainfall because the shortage would continue in the coming years.

Saguy, who spoke at a conference in Tel Aviv organized by the Israel Center for Management, said the drought was likely to continue another five years.

He said it was essential to prepare for the future so that by the year 2020, Israel would be producing at least 600 million cm. of fresh water a year from sea-water desalination plants and a further 95 million cm. from desalination of brackish and saline water sources.

So far, the government has approved the establishment of a series of sea-water desalination plants which would produce a total of 250 million cm. of pure water a year.

"There will be a trauma because there won't be enough water and we, the suppliers of fresh water, will have to decide administratively where there will be water," said Saguy.

"This applies to agriculture and other areas because at least as far as Mekorot is concerned there is no intention of not supplying water for drinking purposes," he said.


Practically no rise in Sea of Galilee level January 29, 2001- By David Rudge - Jerusalem Post - HAIFA (January 29,2001) - The Sea of Galilee has received less than one-quarter of the normal influx for this time of year, Mekorot reported yesterday.
The lake's level has increased by only about 19 million cubic meters of water since the beginning of January, compared to 80m. cu. m. at this time in a year of average rainfall.
Since the beginning of the winter, the Sea of Galilee has risen by only 28 cm., and is still 48 cm. below the original red line of 213 meters below sea level.
Mekorot director-general Amos Epstein said the depleted state of the Sea of Galilee and of the underground Coastal and Mountain Aquifers highlighted the gravity of the water crisis. He again called on the government to immediately approve Mekorot's issuing a tender for a 50m. cu. m. seawater desalination plant at Ashdod.
The main criteria for the desalination plants is to get them operational as quickly as possible.
It appears most unlikely that even the original minimum mark will be reached by winter's end.
Mekorot drew 145 million cu. m. of water less from the Sea of Galilee last year than it did in 1999 because of its depleted state. Amounts may have to be cut further this year.


Wed Jun 21,2000 -- On Tuesday, Barak ordered an investigation into the growing water shortage in Israel. The move comes as an Israeli delegation is negotiating the purchase of drinking water to be imported to Israel. For years, the writing has been on the wall but governments failed to heed the warnings of hydrologists and other experts. The growing population, and growing pollution, and shrinking water supply, make a bad recipe for the future for one of our most vital resources and is now creating havoc with the nation's already tenuous water situation. News over the past days has resulted in the sobering reality that the months ahead will be drier than we have known during summers in the past, with predictions of a worsening situation for the years to come. The warnings by experts that the country's three central reservoirs will reach unprecedented low levels this summer will undoubtedly result in new and serious water usage restrictions. Lake Kinneret, (Sea of Galilee), the nation's main source of fresh water, has dropped one meter (39 inches) below the so-called red line. The latest forecast by experts, speaks of the possibility of a drinking water shortage in the coming months. (FINALLY) Mindful of such a prospect, the government dispatched a senior delegation to Turkey this week, to deal with the option of purchasing and importing water, using old oil tankers. Under the best circumstances, such a plan would take a year to put into operation. Faced with the emergency situation, the government is weighing the possible implementation of extreme restrictions which may result in the prohibition of watering public and private parks and gardens, a severe water quota for the agricultural sector and limiting water use for the washing of cars. It is hoped that such measures could save up to 200 million cubic meters of water annually.

Wed Jun 21,2000 -- Over forty percent of the water intended for Israeli homes is not fit for consumption according to health officials. Last week, the Ministry of Health threatened not to renew the permit for the Mekorot Water Company to pump water from the Kinneret, explaining the quality of the drinking water is below the international level. Environmental Affairs Minister Dalia Itzik says THEY ARE IN SERIOUS TROUBLE, with NO IMMEDIATE SOLUTION AVAILABLE, for the quantity and quality of the drinking water supply. Health and environmental officials are now reporting that in about 609 of the nation's 2,901 wells, the level of nitrates, a carcinogen, is above the acceptable level. Itzik believes the situation is actually more serious, explaining that the Ministry of Health has only been monitoring the quality of our water supply for the past few years.

Tue Jun 20,2000 -- One expert affiliated with the Technion University stated on Monday that the acute water shortage is not a surprise, adding that government officials have systematically ignored the problem, despite warnings by all experts. It is now apparent that this summer will bring the nation into an unprecedented water crisis. Experts are repeating calls for extreme measures to reduce water consumption on all levels, demands that until recently have fallen on deaf ears. Despite decisions to move ahead with plans for desalination plants, the relief from such a solution is years away, not offering any assistance for the immediate problem which was exacerbated by a winter which brought with it LESS than the needed rainfall. Experts have set out for Turkey, investigating the viability of purchasing water and importing it. A Technician expert explained that this too was far less than an ideal plan, explaining that in addition to the logistical problems, there was the issue of the water from Turkey being of less than acceptable quality.


Israel Rainfall Data
Proves the No Rain Judgment
of Rev 11:6 is NOW Historical FACT.

Jerusalem Post - HAIFA (January 29,2001) - The Sea of Galilee has received less than one-quarter of the normal influx for this time of year, Mekorot reported yesterday.
The lake's level has increased by only about 19 million cubic meters of water since the beginning of January, compared to 80m. cu. m. at this time in a year of average rainfall.
Since the beginning of the winter, the Sea of Galilee has risen by only 28 cm., and is still 48 cm. below the original red line of 213 meters below sea level.
Mekorot director-general Amos Epstein said the depleted state of the Sea of Galilee and of the underground Coastal and Mountain Aquifers highlighted the gravity of the water crisis. He again called on the government to immediately approve Mekorot's issuing a tender for a 50m. cu. m. seawater desalination plant at Ashdod.
The main criteria for the desalination plants is to get them operational as quickly as possible.
It appears most unlikely that even the original minimum mark will be reached by winter's end.
Mekorot drew 145 million cu. m. of water less from the Sea of Galilee last year than it did in 1999 because of its depleted state. Amounts may have to be cut further this year.


January 20, 2000 - Rain adds only 1 cm. to Kinneret - Jerusalem Post - By David Rudge -
The heavy rain in the North has added only one centimeter to the water level in Lake Kinneret. Lake Kinneret, the Sea of Galilee accounts for over 30% of Israel's water supply. The "Red Line" is the level at which the water in the Sea of Galilee becomes UNFIT for DRINKING or IRRIGATION. Hydrological Service had discovered an (good convenient politically correct) error in the way the water level is measured. According to the NEW benchmark, the level is actually 11 cm. higher than originally estimated. "According to the former measurement, the water level is still 9 cm. under the red line. Whatever measurement is used, the main point is that the level has risen by only 19 cm. since the beginning of the winter and that is a long way from what is needed."
( J.S. Editorial note - It is politically expedient and makes everyone "feel" better that the Hydrologists found an error in calculations giving them 11 cm more water than they thought that they had. The use of politics and calculators ,rather than obedience to the commands of Elohim, is politically correct, even in Israel today. Regardless of MEDIA hype it is NOT, repeat NOT, the ABUNDANT RAIN that is needed in Israel.)


Jan 2, 2000 - The level of the Kinneret Sea (Sea of Galilee) is the lowest in history. It is currently 213.22 meters below sea level, or 22 centimeters under the government-authorized red line where the water will become undrinkable and even unusable for irrigation.


12/21/99 Arutz 7 - HYDROLOGIST: WATER STORAGE CRITICAL Israel has, for all intents and purposes, no water reserves. So declared hydrologist Chaim Gvirtzman in a deliberation in the Knesset Audit Committee today. Gvirtzman said that the state must preserve water from rainy years for use in drought years. He also warned that a withdrawal from the Judea and Samaria mountain plateau would have disastrous consequences for Israel's water economy.
Water Commissioners and MK's told the committee that the government's proposal to import water from Turkey is impractical, and that Israel must immediately begin to desalinate ocean water on a massive scale. Some voiced the opinion that farmers' claims that they would not be able to foot the bill for higher costs of desalinated water should not be taken seriously, and that as businessmen, they would be compelled to make certain adjustments in their choice of crops and production techniques in response to the higher water prices.


LOW WATER LEVEL MAY BRING ACTION - 11/21/99 - The level of the Kineret (Sea of Galilee) today is 213.20 meters below sea level, or 20 centimeters under what has long been known as the Red Line. The Ministerial Committee on Water Economy convened today, unrelated to an earlier call by Environment Minister Dalia Itzik for the declaration of a state of emergency in the country's water economy. At the meeting, Infrastructures Minister Eli Yeshai submitted a plan to publicize a tender for the desalination of 50 million cubic meters of water a year.


Much of the following information comes to us from the National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Administration, (NOAA) office of Global Rapid Response Project.

The drought in Israel is the worst since the last time rain was withheld by the word of the Lord by His prophet Elijah. Extended drought conditions in Israel has reduced its water resources such that it cannot meet the terms of the 1994 peace accords.

No one can deny the extent of the drought regardless of any reports of water flow from the falls of En Gedi or other places in the region. What we have found so far is the situation for water in Israel has become quite serious. Israeli hydrologists warned in March this year that if too much water is pumped from the Sea of Galilee to meet the country's needs the water could become salinized and no longer suitable for drinking or even irrigation. Sea of Galilee is at its lowest level since 1908, and that report was in March. The flow of the Jordan River is less than half normal. The Dead Sea is reported 30 - 40 feet down from previous low levels. Flows and levels which indicate the severity of the drought are down to the record low level since the last time Elijah withheld rain.

NOAA GLOBAL MAJOR CLIMATE-WEATHER IMPACTS

RAPID RESPONSE PROJECT: UPDATE OF CLIMATE-WEATHER IMPACTS REPORTED

(04.30.99) SYRIA (drought) The GOS currently has plans to stop water
service to Damascus for six hours each night beginning in June. The
spring, Fieji, which supplies Damascus with water, can no longer cope
given the severe drought.

(03.15.99) ISRAEL (drought) Extended drought in Israel has reduced its
water resources such that it cannot meet the terms of the 1994 peace
accords. Under the agreement Israel must supply Jordan with 55 million
cubic meters of water from the Yamouk River each year. The river runs
into the Sea of Galilee, which is currently at its lowest level since
1908.

That report was in March. The Sea of Galilee is now at or below the red line. One should recognize that only events such as Hurricane Mitch or the recent Oklahoma City tornado would ever appear on the NOAA rapid response Global Climate-Weather Impact Reports. The reports typically have 2-3 events per month. The drought in Israel made the list in March and April and the drought continues to get more severe daily.

Israel's normal annual rainfall is 21 inches. Since the Judgment of no abundant rain to fall in Israel, there will be no more abundant rain this year. The rainfall for 1999 will be 7 inches and next year it will be even less according to the word of the Lord.

In the midst of this drought WATER IS FLOWING from the temple mount. The Arabs cannot hide it or stop it. Many of you know our friend Richard in Jerusalem. He promised photographs documenting the water flow of 10-15 gallons per minute should be in the mail to me tomorrow. I shall try to get the photographs on the GJiGT www site.

For those who have ears to hear, Moses &

 are covertly carrying on their ministry in Jerusalem as the antichrist prince continues his covert UN-godly rule of the world.

Abundant - great, above average, exceeding, abound, more than sufficient. ABUNDANT RAIN has been withheld by the word of the Lord according to the MORE SURE word written in Rev 11:6 regarding Israel.

The worship of Baal must stop. What is this Luciferian New World Order other than Baal worship in a last days context? How few are not bowing their knees to Baal. Even if the prophet Elijah would say that less than 2% of the "Christians" will be saved. Do we have ears to hear?

The command of the Lord is blatantly being violated by the Baal worshiping governments of Israel, submitting to the UN-godly rule of the antichrist prince.

Exo 23:31-33 And I will set thy bounds from the Red sea even unto the sea of the Philistines, and from the desert unto the river: for I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand; and thou shalt drive them out before thee. Thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor with their gods. They shall not dwell in thy land, lest they make thee sin against me: for if thou serve their gods, it will surely be a snare unto thee.

We all thank Brother Todd for the tedious job of collecting this rain data. You will see in the data, verification that God has indeed brought a no abundant rain judgment upon the governments of Rabin/Peres, Netanyahu, and Barak. The Lord God, and only the true God, has withheld the rain as surely as He has backed the words of the Elijah of old to King Ahab. Alleluia Yeshua!


Minister of Environmental Affairs Concerned Over Critical Water Shortage (IsraelWire-7/14) Minister of Environmental Affairs MK Dalia Itzik warned of the dangerously low water level in Israel as a result of the significantly less than normal winter rainfall.
Experts in government agencies and among the research community are calling on the government to declare a state of emergency and implement stringent water saving measures. Experts also point out that if the coming winter does not yield significantly more than a normal season's rainfall, the situation in the region next spring and summer will reach an unprecedented critical level.


"Wheat shortage will result from severe drought
(IsraelWire-8/13) According to Dalia Harel, the deputy director of the Ministry of Agriculture, the nation will have to import 170,000 tons of wheat as a result of the past winter's poor rainfall. Most of the normal annual wheat crops did not survive the drought conditions.
As is became apparent that the water problem was becoming increasingly serious, the government informed farmers growing hi-water demand crops, such as cotton, to abandon the annual yield and they would be compensated.
Agricultural officials have now indicated they may need to reevaluate the long-term situation in the region vis--vis crops, water usage and water availably.


Here is the data:
03/96 - 0.9 inch
04/96 - 0.1 inch
05/96 - No rain
06/96 - No rain
07/96 - No Rain
08/96 - No rain
09/96 - No rain
10/96 - 0.2 inch
11/96 - No rain
12/96 - 0.4 inch

01/97 - 1.1 inches
02/97 - 1.7 inches
03/97 - 1.5 inches
04/97 - 0.2 inch
05/97 - 0.2 inch
06/97 - No Rain
07/97 - No Rain
08/97 - No Rain
09/97 - No Rain
10/97 - 0.9 inch
11/97 - 0.5 inch
12/97 - 0.9 inch

01/98 - 0.300 inch
02/98 - 0.100 inch
03/98 - 1.0 inch
04/98 - No Rain
05/98 - No rain.
06/98 - No Rain
07/98 - No Rain
08/98 - No Rain
09/98 - No Rain
10/98 - 0.085 inch
11/98 - 0.477 inch
12/98 - 0.579 inch

01/99 - 3.000 inch
02/99 - 2.464 inch
03/99 - 0.516 inch
04/99 - 1.142 inch
05/99 - No Rain
06/99 - No Rain
07/99 - No Rain
08/99 - No Rain

For the time where records were available since March 1996 there has been 17.264 inches of rain. The historical average rainfall should be over 70 inches for this time period. This is the drought from Rabin/Peres, to Netanyahu, to Barak governments has not been heeded. The word of the Lord does say in this time there is to be a JUDGMENT upon Israel of no ABUNDANT RAIN for 3.5 years.

The King is coming, it is time for people to call out to God for the gift of repentance, and bring forth fruits meet for repentance.


July 1999 UN Report on Food & Agriculture
In Israel, the government declared an official drought emergency and reduced water allocations
to farmers by 40 percent. The report estimates that cereal production will decrease by
10 percent. (By August it was evident that 100% of the wheat crop was lost)

Syria has received less than half its average rainfall and several of the country's rivers are
reported to have dried up. The report expects the cereal harvest to be 30 percent below
average and the livestock sector to be seriously affected.

In Iraq, rainfall has been about 30 percent below average, and the water level in the country' s
main rivers has dropped by more than 50 percent. According to the report, the drought has
severely damaged nearly half of Iraq's cultivated areas and greatly reduced livestock
production.

Farmers in the Islamic Republic of Iran are being encouraged to reduce their water consumption and dig additional wells to cope with the water shortage. Wheat production is expected to drop by 25 percent, says the report, adding, "the outlook is also bleak for livestock producers". Particularly vulnerable are farmers in the country's northwest regions, where agricultural production depends almost entirely on rainfall.

In Turkey, the subregion's largest grain producer, the cereal harvest is expected to decline by nearly 10 percent over last year and be 6 percent lower than the five-year average. As a result, the country will need to import nearly 33 percent more wheat this year than last. Turkey's contribution to the subregion's export market is expected to decline by 50 percent.


Drought conditions threaten food security of Syria's nomadic livestock producers 8 September 1999

In the Near East, the worst recorded drought in decades has hit Syria hard. A recent FAO/WFP Crop and Food Supply Assessment Mission to Syria paints a grim picture of the country's food situation and reports that the outlook is particularly grave for nomadic pastoralist families. According to the mission report, a large proportion of the nomadic herders are facing "financial ruin", with 4 700 households (over 30 000 people) seriously vulnerable to food shortages and in urgent need of food assistance.

The Mission found that rainfall in the country's key agricultural areas was 25 to nearly 70 percent below normal. With only a quarter of Syria's agricultural land under irrigation, this lack of rainfall has had a devastating effect on food and livestock production.

The country's barley crop, which is almost entirely dependant on rainfall, has been seriously affected. The report forecasts that Syria's barley harvest will be only 380,000 tons, less than half of last year's total and down 72 percent from the previous five year average. Reductions in wheat production are expected to be less severe, as 40 percent of Syria's wheat fields are irrigated. Nevertheless, the wheat harvest, estimated at 2.74 million tonnes, is one-third less than the previous year's crop and about 28 percent below average.

Nomadic herders face dire situation in the Syrian steppe The drought has created a dire situation for Syria's nomadic herders living in the Syrian steppe, or Badia, where only 33 mm of rain has fallen over the last year, compared with the usual 200 mm. The lack of rainfall has almost completely wiped out range vegetation, and with the decline in grain production and crop residues, there is widespread undernutrition and disease in the sheep population. The 1998/1999 mortality rates for mature ewes and lambs stand at 10 and 25 percent respectively, much higher than the usual rates of three to four percent. This has led to a significant loss in household incomes and many families have been forced to sell off their animals and other assets at highly depressed prices. Their level of debt is also increasing sharply due to additional feed expenses.

The report recommends that 23 000 tonnes of wheat flour be delivered to Syria during the next six months to assist the nearly 50 000 families at risk of food shortages and adds that further international assistance is needed to replenish the country's almost depleted National Fodder Fund.

Even with this assistance, Syria's nomadic livestock producers face a difficult future. The report points out that "even under an optimistic scenario where normal rainfall patterns resume this year, it will take most herders several seasons to recover from the effects of drought. Indeed, some may never be in a position to resume herding and repay loans." According to the report, "a reoccurrence of the drought again this year would be catastrophic for the nomadic population."


Drought in the Near East: cereal and livestock production down sharply
July 1999, UN Ag & Food Report - Cereal and livestock production are down sharply in the Near East as countries throughout the subregion face the worst drought in decades, according to a recent GIEWS Special Report. Jordan, Iran, Iraq and Syria have been particularly hard hit.
Jordan is expected to have the lowest recorded cereal harvest in its history, according to the report, and many sheep farmers face financial ruin. A recent FAO/WFP Crop and Food Supply Assessment Mission estimated that commercial imports will be able to meet only 80 percent of the country's cereal requirement. A food deficit of 387 000 tonnes will need to be covered by food aid, of which 100 000 tonnes have already been pledged. Emergency support for the agricultural sector is also urgently needed to revive agricultural production.


AUTHOR: PEACE PROCESS MAY HIT ISRAEL WATER-WISE
A new book called "The Politics of Water in the Middle East," written by Dr. Martin Sherman of Tel Aviv University and the Ariel Center for Policy Research, claims that Israel cannot afford to give up the Golan Heights, even if only for its water value. Speaking with Arutz-7 today, Sherman said that the Golan affects some 1/3 of Israel's water supply, as the entire Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) is dependent upon the Golan. "If we forfeit the Golan, we lose the drainage basin and have effectively lost control of the Kinneret... Those who wrote that the Golan has only 10% of Israel's water supply are probably referring to the amount of water physically present there at any given time."
News Editor Haggai Segal noted that the working assumption of those supporting a peace deal with Syria is that "the Syrians will commit themselves not to disrupt the flow of water from the Golan to the Kinneret." Sherman responded: "If I would tell you that you are about to sign a contract with a cruel murderer and drug dealer who pledges that he will guard your precious resources - would you sign it?" Segal said, "Well, let me rephrase the question: Syria is also dry and in need of water. If Israel does not forfeit the Golan, Syria's problem will intensify, ultimately leading to a war between the countries."
Sherman: "There is a certain contradiction in what you're saying: Now you are suggesting that Syria may go to war with us if it faces a water shortage, while you previously said that Syria could be counted on to guard Israel's interests in a peace deal between the countries. If Syria finds itself in trouble at any time, why should it prefer Israel's water interests over its own? In any event, the Golan's water is not what will cause Syria to go to war - if anything, it will be Turkey's control over the Euphrates River waters... Incidentally, Syria has already shown that it does not abide by water deals. In the past, it failed to honor all sorts of joint arrangements it signed with Jordan involving dams on the Yarmuk River."
The Oslo process, too, threatens Israel's water supply, says Sherman. "The mountain plateau of Judea and Samaria also provides 1/3 of the country's water, in very rough terms. in addition, the plateau plays a critical role in national water management, as a place where surplus Kinneret water is stored during particularly rainy years. This function becomes crucial in
dry years. If we give up on the mountain plateau, this system simply breaks down.


Minister of Environmental Affairs Concerned Over Critical Water Shortage (IsraelWire-7/14) Minister of Environmental Affairs MK Dalia Itzik warned of the dangerously low water level in Israel as a result of the significantly less than normal winter rainfall.
Experts in government agencies and among the research community are calling on the government to declare a state of emergency and implement stringent water saving measures. Experts also point out that if the coming winter does not yield significantly more than a normal season's rainfall, the situation in the region next spring and summer will reach an unprecedented critical level.


Water Situation at an Unprecedented Level
(IsraelWire-7/1) According to Israel water officials, the drought being experienced in the region, particularly in Israel, is the worst in the state's history. According to Professor Moshe Inbar, the head of the Department of Geography of Haifa University, the current water situation is the worst since the establishment of the state in 1948.
The professor stated the damages resulting from the lack of water will reach in the NIS hundreds of millions and will become one of the worst natural disasters to hit the state.
Professor Inbar explained that since water levels began being monitored in Kfar Blum fifty-five years ago, this is the lowest level ever recorded with a total rainfall accumulation reaching 261 millimeters, about fifty percent of the average annual rainfall.
The Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) has already hit an unprecedented low, with the level expected to drop to the red line by the summer's end.
The Haifa University experts add that if the coming winter is not an exceptionally wet one, things in the region will become drastically worse. He explained that even if the rainfall is slightly less than usual, the water related problems may mount. Inbar called upon all Israelis to reduce water consumption in every household by at least ten percent.


Kinneret Fish in Danger Due to Drought
(IsraelWire-6/11) According to experts studying the effect of the drought on aspects of our day-to-day life, the Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) fish population is in dander due to the drought existing as a result of the winter's poor rainfall.
Northern area streams and other water bodies are in danger as well as the different types of plant and vegetative life.
The current of the Jordan River in the area of the Bnot Yaakov Bridge is about 40 percent weaker than it should be and other water falls and northern area water bodies are also in danger of drying up.


Water Conservation Campaign in Wake of Drought
(IsraelWire-4/29) "Whenever you turn on the faucet - think a drop" is the central slogan in a campaign to conserve water beginning this week.
In the initial stage, the slogan will be publicized on buses countrywide, and soon the slogan will appear on radio and television.
This winter's drought brought the water situation to a serious level.
Water allotments for agriculture have been extremely curtailed, and the general public is now being asked to lower water consumption. The public will be asked to fix dripping faucets, to water gardens only at night, and to wash cars with a bucket instead of a hose.
The campaign is a joint effort of several government agencies that handle water resources, and was implemented by the government publication office. According to the headquarters, in the 1989-91 drought publicity for saving water caused a 10% reduction in water consumption in private homes. It is hoped that this year's campaign will also influence consumers to save water.


Government to Declare Drought in April Following Dry Winter
(IsraelWire-3/28) In a move aimed to permit the government to make compensatory payments to farmers, the government on April 15th will declare a "drought," thereby permitting federal aid for farmers whose crops were destroyed as a result of the dry winter.
The payments will only compensate farmers for their expenses and not for lost profits. The payments will assist those farmers whose crops rely totally on rainwater, such as barely, corn and melons.
Government experts report that the season's rainfall has been about 40 percent less than necessary. It is expected that in the coming weeks or months, additional water-saving measures and restrictions will be placed into effect to preserve the water during the dry summer months.


Following Recent Articles from Jerusalem Post


Itzik wants central filtration system for nation's drinking water
[Tuesday, July 13, 1999] - LIAT COLLINS Environment Minister Dalia Itzik is demanding more ongoing checks of drinking water in the National Water Carrier and wants a central filtration system to be established.
Farmers cross border in water cut protest [Monday, July 12, 1999] DAVID
RUDGE Angry farmers protesting reduced water allocation cut a two-meter hole in the
security fence on the northern border yesterday morning. Several of them crossed
over onto the Lebanese side, despite the dangers involved.
Dealing with a drought [Wednesday, July 7, 1999] Batsheva Mink
Last summer seemed much hotter than many previous ones. To top it all, last winter we barely had any rain; in fact we had less than one-fifth of our usual rainfall.
Previously, drought years were considered only periodic events, but experts say that by 2010 water shortages will become the norm.
Expert: Water shortage worse than appears [Tuesday, July 6, 1999] DAVID
RUDGE Israel is in the grip of the worst water crisis since the establishment of the state and
steps must be taken immediately to further reduce consumption, according to Prof, Moshe Inbar, head of the Department of Geography at Haifa University.
The color of water [Friday, July 2, 1999] Michal Yudelman
'Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink,' wailed the Ancient Mariner. Not
so, says our Environment Ministry - the water from our faucets is perfectly safe and
drinkable.


Cotton Crops Destroyed Due to Water Shortage
(IsraelWire-7/26) 250 dunams (62.5 acres) of cotton crops in the Jezriel Valley were destroyed since farmers cannot supply the crops with the necessary amounts of water. The area farmers explained that with the new recycling policies, which were implemented in Haifa, providing less
water for area farmers and reducing the flow of water from Nahal Kishon.
Agricultural officials in the valley estimate damages to crops in the area due to insufficient water supplies have reached NIS 30 million.


Recycling Water for Agriculture
(IsraelWire-7/26) ("This Morning" Kol Yisrael Radio June 27) - A method of saving one-third of recycled water for farming of vegetables and flowers in hot-houses has been developed by the Volcani Institute, with the additional advantage of not polluting underground aquifers with pesticides. In recent years, there has been increasing raising of vegetables and flowers in hot-houses, rather than in the ground, with accurate input of water and minerals and fertilizers.
The Institute at Bet Dagan near Tel Aviv worked out an economic procedure for reducing the amount of recycled irrigation water, according to Dr. Giora Kritzman a researcher for plant growth. He said the national lack of water was a problem for the ecology and environmental balance and this impelled the use of recycling through sand filters, which weed out disease germs and result in a significant saving of the quantity needed. The new system has already proved effective in eliminating diseases from pepper plants. (Information Division, Israel Foreign Ministry - Jerusalem)


Kibbutz Menara runs dry
(IsraelWire-8/2) On Friday afternoon, several hours before the start of the Sabbath, residents of the northern community of Kibbutz Menara found themselves without water.
Kibbutz leaders immediately called upon the army to bring water trucks to provide the necessary water for the day as well as for the upcoming Sabbath.
Kibbutz officials have reported problems over the past days, as has been the case in other area communities. The lack of water and pressure is attributed to the low level of area springs resulting form the year's significantly less than normal rainfall.

The NO RAIN Judgment of Israel of Revelation 11:6 is NOW History. Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem. That shall prosper that Love thee. The Lord has again chosen Jerusalem. God said to Abraham, the Father of the Hebrew nation, And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

Psa 109:28 Let them curse, but bless thou: when they arise, let them be ashamed; but let thy servant rejoice.
Psa 122:6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.
Zep 3:16 In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear thou not: and to Zion, Let not thine hands be slack.
Zep 3:17 The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.
Zep 3:18 I will gather them that are sorrowful for the solemn assembly, who are of thee, to whom the reproach of it was a burden.
Zep 3:19 Behold, at that time I will undo all that afflict thee: and I will save her that halteth, and gather her that was driven out; and I will get them praise and fame in every land where they have been put to shame.
Zep 3:20 At that time will I bring you again, even in the time that I gather you: for I will make you a name and a praise among all people of the earth, when I turn back your captivity before your eyes, saith the LORD.

Zec 1:12 Then the angel of the LORD answered and said, O LORD of hosts, how long wilt thou not have mercy on Jerusalem and on the cities of Judah, against which thou hast had indignation these threescore and ten years?
Zec 1:13 And the LORD answered the angel that talked with me with good words and comfortable words.
Zec 1:14 So the angel that communed with me said unto me, Cry thou, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; I am jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion with a great jealousy.
Zec 1:16 Therefore thus saith the LORD; I am returned to Jerusalem with mercies: my house shall be built in it, saith the LORD of hosts, and a line shall be stretched forth upon Jerusalem.
Zec 1:17 Cry yet, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; My cities through prosperity shall yet be spread abroad; and the LORD shall yet comfort Zion, and shall yet choose Jerusalem.
Zec 2:12 And the LORD shall inherit Judah his portion in the holy land, and shall choose Jerusalem again.
Zec 2:13 Be silent, O all flesh, before the LORD: for he is raised up out of his holy habitation.
Zec 3:2 And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?
Zec 8:3 Thus saith the LORD; I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the mountain of the LORD of hosts the holy mountain.
Zec 8:15 So again have I thought in these days to do well unto Jerusalem and to the house of Judah: fear ye not.
Zec 8:16 These are the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates:
Zec 8:17 And let none of you imagine evil in your hearts against his neighbour; and love no false oath: for all these are things that I hate, saith the LORD.

Zec 12:2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.
Zec 12:3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.

Psa 122:6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.

Zec 14:2 For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.
Zec 14:3 Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.
Zec 14:4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.

Zec 2:12 And the LORD shall inherit Judah his portion in the holy land, and shall choose Jerusalem again.
Zec 2:13 Be silent, O all flesh, before the LORD: for he is raised up out of his holy habitation.

Zec 3:2 And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?

Zec 8:3 Thus saith the LORD; I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the mountain of the LORD of hosts the holy mountain.

Zec 8:15 So again have I thought in these days to do well unto Jerusalem and to the house of Judah: fear ye not.
Zec 8:16 These are the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates:
Zec 8:17 And let none of you imagine evil in your hearts against his neighbour; and love no false oath: for all these are things that I hate, saith the LORD.

Zec 12:2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.
Zec 12:3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.

Psa 122:6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.


Luke 6:28 Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.
Rom 12:14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.
James 3:9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.
James 3:10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

The 3.5 year NO RAIN Judgment of Israel (Rev 11:6) is NOW Fulfilled History.

THE MESSAGE IS RIGHT.
THE TIME IS RIGHT.
NOW ARE YOU RIGHT?

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