• Short Summary

    The problem of irrigation is not new in the Middle East, and Israel - through TAHAL, Government Water Planning Agency - is making vigorous efforts on a national scale to utilise all available water.

  • Description

    The problem of irrigation is not new in the Middle East, and Israel - through TAHAL, Government Water Planning Agency - is making vigorous efforts on a national scale to utilise all available water.

    TAHAL's most ambitions scheme is to use the Lake of Tiberias, in the northern and wettest part of Israel, as a reservoir. Pumping water to the Negev, the barren south which constitutes over half of Israel's territory, an area of great promise.

    Main artery of the project is a GBP25 million conduit - inturn canal, subterranean tunnel and 108-inch pipeline of prestressed concrete - being built from Lake Tiberias southwards. Other schemes are coordinated and integrated with this main one. Apart form their eventual contribution to Israel's economy, irrigation projects give employment to many of her population.

    Water holds the key to future Middle East politics. If Israel succeeds in turning the Negev into a comparatively fertile region her 2 million population would soar 50%, and productivity would rise comparably, radically altering the Middle Eastern balance of power to the detriment of the Arab League. Therefore, any Israeli attempt to divert waters of the Jordan River or its tributaries could lead to renewed conflict with neighbouring Arab states.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA77VUMY8PSEXS0JNV1VVC2UYRS
    Media URN:
    VLVA77VUMY8PSEXS0JNV1VVC2UYRS
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/04/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:11:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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