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The sun sets at the Ginosar beach at Lake Kinneret, the Sea of Galilee, in northern Israel.

The water level in Lake Kinneret, also known as the Sea of Galilee, is rising again.

This weekend the level of the lake rose by two centimeters – nearly an inch – bringing the water level to 1.785 meters from its full capacity.

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Over the past week the water level rose a total of nine centimeters – nearly four inches, raising the water to a level of 210.6 meters’ depth.

The reason for the rise in the water level has to do with all the rain and snow falling in northern Israel over the past week.

More rain and snow are in the forecast for this week as well, which should raise the level of the lake even higher.

Lake Kinneret is the lowest freshwater lake, and second-lowest lake in the world. It is also Israel’s only freshwater lake.

The lake serves as the principal reservoir for Israel’s National Water Carrier, providing fresh drinking water for most of the country.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.