From Biblical times to Israel’s independence in 1948, the Jewish people’s 3,700-year presence in our national homeland has been marked by miracles. Today, Israel, which is one of the world’s driest countries, has experienced a modern-day miracle as, against all odds, we have achieved water security.
Although we may be known as the “Land of Milk and Honey,” we have not been blessed with much else in terms of geography and natural resources, especially water. Israel is a small country (two-thirds the size of Vancouver Island), over half of which is desert. Israel’s 91 cubic metres of renewable fresh water per capita pales in comparison to the remarkable 153,111 cubic metres available for each Canadian. To put things in perspective, Israel’s only significant source of freshwater, the Sea of Galilee (which has seen its own share of miracles), is half the size of Lake Simcoe.
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Written by Rafael Barak, Ambassador of Israel to Canada