>> The sea of Galilee was once a massive reservoir for Israel. Now, the government is hoping to use water from the Mediterranean to save the biblical landmark from drought and overuse. Christianity holds that Jesus walked on water here, but today he could probably do it without a miracle.
Reuters' Dan Williams says Israel sees a solution in desalination. If the drought dogging Northern Israel will continue, if there was still to be overpumping of the Sea of Galilee, then this island you see behind me would eventually become a peninsula. The government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is hoping to apply Israeli innovation to the problem.
Their plan is to desalinate Mediterranean Sea water and then pipe it over into the Sea of Galilee. Not just arresting the declining water line, but in fact, restoring the original body of water.>> The Sea of Galilee's depletion is having a widespread effect. Because it's waters also flow into the Dead Sea and River Jordan, so those bodies are at risk too.
>> There is just upstream from us a loch that effectively seals off the water of the River Jordan from the Galilee. Were that not the case, this water will flow upstream toward the lake and would be much diminished itself.>> The Galilee is just one inch from what researchers call the black line.
A level that could leave the water permanently contaminanted by sediments. Levels have dropped 6 meters in 14 years.