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Cabinet Approves Recommendations for Memorializing Levi Eshkol’s Name in Negev

The Cabinet approved yesterday a series of recommendations for memorializing the late Prime Minister Levi Eshkol which were drawn up by a joint committee of cabinet members and the Jewish Agency. In accordance with the recommendations, two-sub-districts in the western Negev–Besor and Maon–will be known as the Eshkol sub-district and the local council will be called the Eshkol council. The Beit Netofa reservoir in Upper Galilee which stores Jordan River water for irrigation of the Negev, will be renamed Lake Eshkol. The name of Israel’s third Prime Minister, who died Feb. 26, will also be perpetuated in a new forest to be planted by the Jewish National Fund on the slopes of the Jordan Valley, a new power station of the Israel electric company and a new quarter in Jerusalem. There is already a cargo ship named Eshkol in Israel’s merchant marine fleet.