If the water level in the Sea of Galilee sinks too far, Israel suffers dire shortages.

By Aviel Schneider |
Photo: Doron Horowitz/Flash90

To date, we have had a very dry winter. It is not only rabbis and priests, but even Muslim sheikhs who have been calling for prayer for rain over the past few weeks.

In December, the flow of the northern rivers that feed the Sea of Galilee was at an unsustainable low-point. These rivers typically replenish the lake during the winter months. But presently, they are flowing at just over 90 cubic feet (2.6 cubic meters) of water per second. This is less than half of the 234 cubic feet (6.6 cubic meters) per second needed to replenish the Sea of Galilee. A further result of this is that a number of local springs, particularly in the region of Tel Dan on the Lebanese border, are dry, something that has never before happened.

The current water level of the Sea of Galilee is about 20 feet (6 meters) below the optimal water level of 685 feet (208.8 meters) below sea level. It has only ever been lower than this in 2009. Given that the Sea of Galilee is Israel’s most important water reservoir, many...

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