Tag Archive for Dead Sea

IDF Search & Rescue assist Jordan; 21 dead, many missing in Dead Sea floods

With 21 dead and dozens missing in floods on the eastern side of the Dead Sea, both Israel and Jordan are braced for their first major rainstorm of the winter.

By i24NEWS


At least 21 people, most of them children, were killed in a fierce flood on the Jordanian side of the Dead Sea Thursday.

Dozens more were missing, students and civilians whose bus was swept away by flash flooding as they were traveling there. Extensive rescue efforts were underway in the area.

Along with Search & Rescue teams, IDF & Israel Police personnel, a fleet of MDA Ambulances at the ready in last year’s flash foods by the Dead Sea that led to the drowning of ten 18 yr-old pre-military students on a hiking trip..

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Israel to freeze joint water project over Jordan refusal to reopen Israel’s embassy

Israel sent a message to Amman that Jerusalem will not allow the Red-Dead Sea Canal Project to begin unless Jordan reopens the Israeli embassy, closed after an Israeli security guard shot dead a Jordanian who reportedly attacked him with a screwdriver.

By i24NEWS


Some three months after an investigation was opened after an Israeli security guard fired at an armed Jordanian citizen, Israel is threatening to take economic measures against Amman.

According to a report by Hebrew media outlet Maariv, Israel has sent a clear message to Jordan in past days that Israel will not go through with the terms of the Red-Dead Sea Conveyance Project unless Jordan reopens the Israeli embassy. Continue Reading »

VIDEO: Israel’s Tourism is Booming with Amazing Plans for Even More

WATCH: Israel is once again reporting record numbers of tourists, and with that, Israel’s Ministry of Tourism is promoting a video for the Dead Sea, showing why it’s like no other place on earth.

By Israel Today Staff


Israel logged record levels of incoming tourism during the first half of 2017.

Tourism Minister Yariv Levin stated:

“The June tourism statistics bring us to record levels for incoming tourism in the first six months of the year. Our policy continues to prove itself and to bear fruit, and we can see that the right marketing strategy can bring Israel to new heights.” Continue Reading »

Confirmed: Israel Finds Oil Near Dead Sea


After a 20 year hiatus, a second geological survey confirms presence of oil with estimated value between 1.2-1.8 billion shekels, on the Israeli side of the Dead Sea.

By Arutz Sheva Staff


Surveyors struck oil in Israel, with an oil deposit discovered near the Dead Sea.

Dead Sea – Photo: Kobi Finkler

On Sunday the Hatrurim consortium, named for the Hatrurim formation in the Dead Sea area, announced that a report from the Dunmore Consulting company had confirmed the presence of an oil reservoir in an area under license by Hatrurim.

A geological survey conducted at the Halamish drilling site, located within Hatrurim’s 94 square kilometer (36 square miles) license, estimated that there was between 7 and 11 million barrels of oil in the deposit, worth some 1.2 to 1.8 billion shekels ($316 – 474 million). Continue Reading »

Israel, Jordan issue $800m tender for joint Red-Dead canal project


Red-Dead project pipeline is expected to be 180 kilometers long, pass through both Israeli & Jordanian territory, include a desalination plant producing 80 million cubes of potable water a year, and two hydro-power plants, beside preventing the Dead Sea from drying up.

By i24news


Israel and Jordan are pushing forward with a plan to construct a water-carrying canal from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea with the hopes that it will help stop the Dead Sea from shrinking further.

Silvan Shalom (left) and his Jordanian counterpart Hazim Nasser seen during a signing ceremony between Jordan and Israel in Jordan on February 26, 2015 – Photo: Haim Zach/GPO

The $800 million tender to build the canal, which the two governments also hope will help supply drinking water to Israelis, Jordanians and Palestinians, was announced by Interior Minister Silvan Shalom and Jordanian Water Minister Hazim Nasser on Monday. Continue Reading »

Bedazzling Heat Lightning Awes Jerusalem, Dead Sea


Jerusalem natives report that they had never seen such heat lightning at end of Rosh Hashanah, as winter rains appear to be on their way.

By Ari Yashar, Reut Hadar


The massive dust storm that started in Israel last Tuesday largely dissipated on Sunday just in time for the start of the Jewish New Year of Rosh Hashanah, but as the holiday ended on Tuesday night the stuffy heat led to extremely rare heat lightning in Jerusalem and the Dead Sea.

Residents of the capital told Arutz Sheva that they saw constant ongoing heat lightning light up the skies in the southwestern Jerusalem neighborhood of Kiryat Menachem. Continue Reading »

Israel’s Ahava cosmetics to be bought by the Chinese

Dead Sea based Ahava cosmetics announced at the Tel-Aviv stock exchange that the company is to be bought by Fosun International, a company based in China.

By i24news


The owners of Ahava, the cosmetics company based in the Dead Sea, reached a preliminary agreement to sell the Israeli company. The deal values Ahava at 300 million shekels ($76.30 million).

In an announcement at the Tel-Aviv stock exchange, Gaon Holdings, which owns 15.72 percent of Ahava, said that the buyers will be purchasing at least 51 percent of the company. Gaon did not provide the name of the buyer, but Globes, an Israeli news website, reported that it would be Fosun International, a company based in China. Continue Reading »

4.3 Level Earthquake Shakes Israel With No Injuries or Damage Reported

The 4.3-magnitude earthquake centered near the Dead Sea early Thursday  morning in Israel with tremors felt in northern Israel as well.

By Moshe Cohen


A 4.3-magnitude earthquake occurred early Thursday in Israel. The quake was centered on an area near the Dead Sea, and several people reported feeling its effects in southern Israel. Residents of the north also said they felt vibrations, and investigators are checking whether there were indeed two quakes around the same time.

Northern Dead Sea – Photo: Hana Levi Julian

No injuries or damage were reported from Thursday’s quake.

The last earthquake in Israel took place on June 27, when a 5.2 magnitude quake was felt throughout the country. Continue Reading »

Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan slams water deal with Israel just day after historic agreement


Ignoring the 3 extraordinary benefits to Jordan, the Islamic Action Front condemns yesterday’s historic agreement with the ‘Zionist enemy’ to construct the Two Seas Canal project that will rehabilitate the Dead Sea.

By i24news


The Islamic Action Front (IAF), Jordan’s main opposition party, on Sunday slammed a deal signed between the country and Israel to build a pipeline to link the Red Sea with the shrinking Dead Sea and combat regional water shortages.

Jordanian protesters – Photo: AFP

The IAF, a political front for the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan, criticized the agreement with what it called the “Zionist enemy,” saying it links the “strategic interests [of the two countries] with regards to energy and water.”

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Jordan and Israel sign historic deal to save Dead Sea

The new Two Seas Canal will rehabilitate Dead Sea by pumping water from the Red Sea, provide drinking water alleviating Jordan’s chronic water problems, and produce electricity to power entire project and more.



Jordan and Israel signed a deal on Thursday to build a pipeline to link the Red Sea with the shrinking Dead Sea and combat regional water shortages. The official Petra news agency said that the agreement signed in the Jordanian capital, Amman, would set in motion the implementation of the first phase of a long-awaited project.

Israel’s Silvan Shalom with Jordan’s Nasser sign deal

The Red Sea–Dead Sea Conduit also known as the Two Seas Canal will carry some 100 million metric cubes of water to the north annually, thus hopefully slowing down the process Dead Sea’s desiccation. Continue Reading »

Trilateral water swapping arrangements signed by Jordan, Palestinians & Israel


The signed understanding includes a 200-kilometer pipeline to carry residual salt brine from the planed desalination plant in Aqaba, to a diminishing Dead Sea.



A major trilateral water understanding signed by Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian parties in December is moving forward slowly but surely – as tender preparations for an Aqaba desalination facility begin to materialize, high level Israeli sources told The Jerusalem Post last week.

Tap water

Tap water [illustrative]. – Photo: INIMAGE

The project in question involves a memorandum of understanding signed on December 9, in which senior officials from the three governments met at the World Bank headquarters in Washington to advance cross-border water swaps and an eventual funneling of Red Sea brines to a shrinking Dead Sea. Continue Reading »

Dead Sea water level continues to fall despite winter storms

Even though the Dead Sea’s level continues to fall, Lake Kinneret in the Galilee celebrated an increase of 11 cm. during the same period.



As rainstorms barreled through Israel in December, drenching fields and filling up reservoirs, the Dead Sea’s water level continued to drop.

The Dead Sea. - Photo: REUTERS

The Dead Sea. – Photo: REUTERS

By early January, the Dead Sea fell to 427.82 meters below sea level, three centimeters lower than the 427.79 m. below sea level measured the month before, according to Dead Sea and Arava Science Center researcher Eli Raz, citing raw data from the Water Authority’s Hydrological Services. Continue Reading »

Israel, PA, & Jordan to sign historic trilateral Red Sea-Dead Sea pipeline plan

The project involves 180 km. of tunnels & pipelines, a tremendous desalination plant & 2 hydro-power plants.

Energy & Water Minister Silvan Shalom is due to attend “historic” signing ceremony at World Bank headquarters in Washington DC.



Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority were expected on Monday to sign an agreement on a Red Sea-Dead Sea pipeline project.

Energy and Water Minister Silvan Shalom was due to attend what he called the “historic” signing ceremony at the World Bank headquarters in Washington, DC.

“The program has garnered the Prime Minister’s support, along with the support of [Palestinian Authority President] Mahmoud Abbas among the Palestinians and of course the support of the King of Jordan,” Shalom told Army Radio. Continue Reading »

Yair Lapid ‘vigorously opposes’ Israel – Canada Potash deal

Finance minister Yair Lapid to form a committee to review state’s rights to its natural resources. Lapid opposes ICL purchase by Canadian company Potash & says the Israeli public should be the 1st to enjoy the nation’s natural resources.

By Zeev Klein & Hezi Sternlicht



Finance Minister Yair Lapid announced Wednesday that he opposes the sale of Israel Chemicals (ICL), which produces potash from mineral reserves in the Dead Sea region, to the Canadian company Potash.

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PA Advances Plans to Register Additional Sites with UNESCO

Palestinian Authority forms committee to prepare applications to register additional sites, including the Dead Sea, on UNESCO’s world heritage list.

By Elad Benari


The Palestinian Authority cabinet on Tuesday decided to form a committee to prepare applications to register sites on UNESCO’s world heritage list, the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency reported.

Omar Awadallah, the head of UN file in the PA’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said that the committee’s mission was to prepare heritage sites for the list to “protect them from harm.”

Each ministry has been asked to cooperate with the UNESCO committee, and will prepare the files, he said. Continue Reading »