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The Arab Design to Divert River Jordan Sources, in Al-Gumhouria

(October 24, 1964)

Detailed plans of the Arab States concerning the diversion of the Jordan River headwaters were revealed in the Cairo daily Al-Gumhouria on 24 October 1964. According to the plans, the Hasbani would be diverted partly to the Litani and flow with it wastefully to the Mediterranean Sea, and partly to the Banias in Syrian territory. From that junction, the combined flow of the Banias and Hasbani would be diverted to a planned dam on the Yarmuk River in Jordanian territory to be used for the irrigation of the Jordan Valley through the Ghor Canal. Israel would lose between 200 and 250 mcm of water.

Source: Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs