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.

Heavy rain and snowfall in northern Israel this past week has finally ended a years-long drought, bringing badly-needed water flowing into Lake Kinneret, also known as the Sea of Galilee. But it also hasn’t fixed it, according to the Water Authority.

Just in the past two days, the level of lake has risen by nearly eight inches (19.5 centimeters), according to the Water Authority.

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However, the level of the lake still stands at four feet below the lower red line – only two feet above the black line, the critical point at which pumping would be impossible and irreversible damage to the ecology results.

That has already taken place once – and the Water Authority was forced to actually pump 17,000 tons of salt out of the lake into order minimize the damage to the water quality, and the flora and fauna therein.

The level of the lake at present is still at 17.7 feet (5.4 meters) below its fullest level.

Now the issue is, how much more rain can the country count on before the heat of summer sets in, with its huge evaporation on the lake.

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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.