Photo Credit: Haim Shohat / Flash 90
A seagull catches a fish in his beak while flying over Lake Kinneret in northern Israel, October 28, 2011.

The water level of Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) has risen by two centimeters since the beginning of November.

However, that amount isn’t very much, compared to the multi-year average of four centimeters in the same period, according to Israel’s Water Authority.

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As of Nov. 22, the level of the lake was 214.66 meters below sea level, well below the lower red line of 213 meters below sea level, below which there is damage to the ecological balance and water quality. Once the level of the lake reaches that point, it is forbidden to pump or use water from the Kinneret.

At present, the water level is just 0.21 meters higher than the historic lowest water level ever measured in the Kinneret.

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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.