Tag Archive for Lake Kinneret

Israelis protest against Jerusalem’s planned water pipeline to Jordan

Government says channel, costing approximately $15.8 million less than alternative plan, is slated to pass through land of 4 Jordan Valley kibbutzim, and won’t harm their farmland.


About 100 Jordan Valley residents held a demonstration on Tuesday to protest a planned pipeline that would convey water from Lake Kinneret to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, claiming that the pipeline will ruin large open areas through which it is slated to pass. Israel is obligated by its bilateral peace agreement to provide water from Lake Kinneret to its neighbor.

The southern Jordan River

The southern part of the Jordan River. – Photo: Yaron Kaminsky

Opponents to the plan want the water to be sent to the Jordanians via the existing Jordan River channel, from the Degania dam to the old Naharayim electric power station, and from there to Jordan.

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Kinneret allergy afflicting water-sport enthusiasts at Sea of Galilee

Spray getting into vacationers’ eyes & lungs at Lake Kinneret is making them ill, then disappears after 2-3 days.



Vacationers and water-sport enthusiasts at Lake Kinneret have been complaining of rashes, sneezing, tearing eyes and breathing difficulties. The phenomenon even has its own name: Kinneret allergy.

People at Lake Kinneret on the first day of Sukkot.

People at Lake Kinneret last September, on the first day of Sukkot. . Watch out for the spray.- Photo: GIl Eliyahu

Most complaints have come from windsurfers and kitesurfers who get water sprayed in their eyes and lungs. The increase in cases in recent years has made scientists wonder if changes in the lake over the past two decades are responsible.

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After too long a dry season rain begins to fall in Israel

Rainfall from the Upper Galilee to desert flooding between highway 40 from the Zin Valley to Mitzpe Ramon.



With one of Israel’s driest winters on record nearing its end, light rain began to fall in various parts of the country on Sunday.

Rain in Jerusalem, March 9, 2014.- Photo MARC ISRAEL SELLEM

Both Arab & Jew get wet together from the Rain in Jerusalem, March 9, 2014.- Photo MARC ISRAEL SELLEM

As of 5 p.m. a wide band of rain stretched from north of the Sea of Galilee to the southern Negev.

Due to floods in the desert, police closed Highway 40 from The Zin Valley to Mitzpe Ramon on Sunday afternoon. Continue Reading »

Latest Storm a Boost to the Kinneret

The “storm of the decade” that hit Israel this past weekend brought much needed water to the country’s aquifers and Lake Kinnert.

By David Lev


The “storm to end all storms” that hit Israel this past weekend will be remembered not only for how a major snowstorm brought many parts of the country to a halt, but for the unusual bounty of water it provided the country. According to the Meteorological Institute, over 200 millimeters of rain fell between Wednesday and Saturday on average in Israel.

That water, in the form of rain and melting snow, will eventually fill Israel’s aquifers, as well as the Kinneret, or Sea of Galilee. Continue Reading »

Kinneret rises & snow on Mount Hermon in Israel’s 1st winter storm of season

Scattered showers from the Galilee to the Negev broke the unseasonably warm weather.

Rain & lower temperatures forecasted to continue over weekend.




The first winter storm of the season hit Israel on Thursday as the unseasonably warm weather experienced throughout November gave way to rainfall and even snow.

A SOLDIER enjoys the weather on Mt. Hermon [file]

A SOLDIER enjoys the weather on Mt. Hermon – File Photo: IDF Spokesman

Lake Kinneret rose for the first time since April on Thursday morning – by 1 centimeter – as a direct result of ongoing rains, the Water Authority said.

The Kinneret’s water level is now 211.40 meters below sea level, 2.6 meters from full capacity. Continue Reading »

Huge Ancient Cone-Shaped Structure Found Deep in Lake Kinneret

Nautical archeologists think the monumental cone-shaped structure may have been built more than 4,000 years ago onshore when the water level was lower than today.

By Gil Ronen


Nautical archaeologists have reported the discovery of a “monumental” conical stone pile built of large, natural, unhewn basalt cobbles and boulders, on the floor of the Sea of Galilee.

Lake Kinneret, a.k.a. the Sea of Galilee

Lake Kinneret, a.k.a. the Sea of Galilee

The structure is definitely man-made, and measures about 70 meters in diameter at a depth of about 219 meters, reported archaeologists Yitzhak Paz, Moshe Reshef, Zvi Ben-Avraham, Shmuel Marco, Gideon Tibor and Dani Nadel, in the International Journal of Nautical Archaeology

Close inspection by scuba diving revealed that the structure is made of basalt boulders up to 1 meter long with no apparent construction pattern and no signs of cutting or chiseling. Continue Reading »

Sea of Galilee Still Rising as Winter Slowly Ends

The water level of the Sea of Galilee (Lake Kinneret) is still steadily rising as the rainy season slowly comes to an end.

By Chana Ya’ar


The water level of Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) is still rising as the winter season begins to wind down.

winter skies in the Galilee

Winter skies in the Galilee – IsraelandStuff/PP

The surface of the lake rose by four centimeters over the weekend, according to Water Authority officials. Over the Purim holiday last week, the water level rose by two centimeters, and by four centimeters more over the prior weekend due to Sabbath rains.

The surface of the lake now stands at 210 meters and 16 centimeters below sea level, just one meter and a few centimeters away from the upper “red line” – 208.80 meters below sea level – the point marking the lake as full. Continue Reading »

Sea of Galilee adds 2m hitting highest water-level since 2007

Week-long torrential rains gave Israel’s freshwater reservoir much needed boost.

Israel Water Authority expects additional half-meter rise from upcoming melting snow

By Ynet


Lake Kinneret enjoyed a robust six-day period resulting in a massive rise of nearly a meter, the Water Authority said.

Lake Kinneret Photp: AFP

Lake Kinneret – Photo: AFP

The weather system which brought a week-long rain storm to Israel has caused increased outflow in the rivers flowing to the lake, which is Israel’s only freshwater reservoir, resulting in an 80cm rise in water levels in the span of five days.

The Sea of Galilee has added 2 meters since the winter began and is now at 211.20 meters below sea level. Continue Reading »