Israeli Lobby to Save the Dead Sea

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - On Tuesday, the Lobby to Save the Dead Sea met to continue its efforts to rehabilitate the Dead Sea, whose water level has dropped by one-third over a 40-year period.

Israeli President Shimon Peres joined geologists, ecologists, academics, members of Knesset (MKs) and local council heads to find ways to save the world-renowned body of water, which is in danger of disappearing.

MK Estherina Tartman, who chairs the 99-member lobby, said the mention of the Dead Sea in the Bible is reason enough to preserve it as a national heritage.

"It's time we stopped talking about the Dead Sea and started doing something," she said.

Peres said financing should come from international sources rather than the government, noting that a feasibility study seeking solutions for the Dead Sea, undertaken by the World Bank, had yielded little.

"Whoever thought the World Bank would put $3 billion on the table to save the Dead Sea was gravely mistaken," said the president.

Peres believes that raising funding to rehabilitate the Dead Sea should be project-based, with an emphasis on tourism to raise land value and provide employment.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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