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Israel to Renew Work on Diverting Jordan River Waters to Lake Tiberias

Labor Minister Yigal Allon announced today that Israel plans soon to renew its postponed project for diverting the Jordan River’s northern waters.

The plan would divert the river from a point south of the B’not Yaacov Bridge to lead the stream toward Lake Tiberias so that a huge waterfall would result, to be used as a source for hydroelectric power. It was abandoned when the Syrians opened a series of attacks against Israel. Israel’s National Water Scheme contented itself with use of water only from Lake Tiberias.

Mr. Allon revealed the plan for renewing the project when he addressed a meeting today of the central committee of Histadrut, Israel’s federation of labor. The meeting was held to discuss the unemployment situation. Now. Mr. Allon said, the Government is planning to revive the original Jordan River plan, thus providing many jobs for Israelis.