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  • Israel Gets 12-inch Snowstorm; Electricity Crippled; Snowfall in Desert

    A record snowstorm covered Jerusalem and northern Galilee with 10 and 12 inches of snow today and crippled electricity and telephone service. The unusual cold wave accompanying the snow Friday night brought a snowfall even to the normally hot Negev desert. Life came to a virtual standstill in snowbound Jerusalem, halting what little traffic normally…

  • Snow, Sub-zero Temperatures Harass Israel; Highways Blocked

    For the second day in a row, areas of Israel today were pelted by snow, accompanied by sub-zero temperatures, that blocked roads and highways and forced the closing of schools. Three settlements were cut off, and plans were made to supply them by helicopter if they could not be reached by trucks within a few…

  • Israelis Dig out After Winter’s Worst’s Storm Ties Up Country

    Life in storm-battered Jerusalem slowly began returning to normal today as traffic, which had been paralyzed fast night, moved slowly over slippery snow-covered streets. Side streets ware full of stalled cars, but Rio major accidents were reported. The unseasonal snow, which hit the Negev overnight, killed more than 200 sheep belonging to a Bedouin tribe….

  • Heavy Snowfall, Rare in Israel, Disrupts Traffic; Hail Damages Crops

    Heavy snowfall–rare in Israel–blanketed the Jerusalem area today while heavy rains and hail caused considerable damage to field crops, vegetables and orange groves throughout the country. The snowfall disrupted traffic, cut off the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway, halted railways and crippled bus and auto traffic in the capital. Most schools and the Hebrew University were closed…

  • Heavy Rains Flood Roads in Israel; Jerusalem Railway Affected

    The first snow of the season in Israel fell this morning in Galilee to add to the woes of a population buffeted by incessant rain for the past week. Rain and gales lashed central Israel for the past 24 hours, flooding almost all roads leading from Tel Aviv to the south and east. The railway…

  • Freezing Cold Causes Considerable Damage to Crops in Israeli

    Freezing cold, snow and high winds buffeted Israel today for the second day, causing considerable damage to crops particularly citrus groves. Nahama in the north was cut off by the raging Gaaton River and other roads in the Galilee were submerged by high waters. Jerusalem had snow and temperatures just above zero. Coast guard vessels…

  • Rare Snowfall Blankets Jerusalem; Heavy Rains Continue in Israel

    Snow, one of the rarest sights ever witnessed in the city and nearby areas, delighted children here who had never seen it before. But, elsewhere, heavy rains have drenched the country for six consecutive days, causing numerous floods and much hardship. Reports indicate that rainfall so far this year is already approaching the total for…

  • Purim Celebrations Marred in Israel by Rains and Economic Problems

    Israel’s economic difficulties coupled with unusually severe weather conditions seriously curtailed this year’s Purim celebrations today with many outdoor festivities canceled because of an unseasonal snow in Jerusalem and extremely heavy and prolonged rains in other parts of the country. The rains, which continued without interruption for a second day, flooded the open air facilities…

  • Fierce Gales, Snows Hit Israel; Jerusalem Isolated, Coast Buffeted

    Fierce gales and snowstorms — the worst in 27 years, according to local meteorologists — blanketed most of Israel today, isolated Jerusalem for hours and forced the cancellation of a scheduled meeting between the U.N. Mideast envoy Ambassador Gunnar Jarring, and Israel’s Foreign Minister Abba Eban. Ambassador Jarring’s headquarters at Nicosia, Cyprus, was notified when…

  • Eshkol Completes American, Canadian Tour; Israelis Report ‘successful’ Outcome

    Prime Minister Levi Eshkol and his party arrived at J. F. Kennedy International Airport from Ottawa this morning in a plane provided by the Royal Canadian Air Force and took off in an El Al plane shortly afterwards for London. The Israeli leader is scheduled to meet there with Prime Minister Harold Wilson of Britain…