LOS ANGELES (May. 19)
Mordecai Shalev, Israel Consul General for the Western States, reported here last night that drinking water was already being supplied from desalination projects on the Red Sea to residents of Elath, Israel’s southernmost port. The Israeli official, who has been named Ambassador to Ghana, made the disclosure in a farewell address to the local Jewish National Fund organization.
Dr. Joseph Burg, Israeli Social Welfare Minister, told the meeting of 600 delegates that Israel would not allow its enemies “to divert the waters of the Jordan River and let them flow into the sea.” He noted that the JNF was establishing a new network of outposts and reads in the affected area.