U.N. Expert Says Israel Lacks Technicians; Lauds Jordan River Plan

The lack of trained technicians in Israel was emphasized here today by Prof. Walter C. Lowdermilk, American soil conservation expert, at a press conference arranged for him by the United Nations Secretariat. Prof. Lowdermilk spent more than two years in Israel on a technical assistance assignment of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.

Asked about Israel’s hydroelectric project on the Jordan River, the American expert said that the project is of great importance. He emphasized that “the diversion of the Jordan for the production of hydroelectric power in no way consumes the water so diverted, but the water is returned after the power has been extracted from it, so to speak, back into the Sea of Galilee or the Sea of Tiberias.”

Prof. Lowdermilk suggested that the United Nations take the lead in forming a commission of reconstruction of the development of the Middle East. “The members on that commission would come from the countries concerned immediately,” he said. The best basis for such collaboration would be on river basins, of which there are a number in the Middle East, he declared.

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