Water has always been a desperate need in Israel. The little country is 60 percent desert, so to grow crops there must be vast irrigation.
Speaking to Moses from the burning bush, Jehovah said: “I have come down to rescue them [Israel] ... and to bring them ... into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey” (Exodus 3:8). God was referring to the agricultural abundance of Canaan.
However, by the time modern Israel became a nation in 1948, the Holy Land was a barren, dry area which world leaders thought was practically worthless.
Nonetheless, the Bible promises: “The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the rose, it will burst into bloom” (Isaiah 35:1, 2). This reference will have its ultimate fulfillment in the millennium, but it also applies to Israel today.
For example, Israel ships more flowers than Holland, and helps feed the world with its surplus food supply. The little country is, in fact, blossoming like the rose. It is also a world leader in high-tech knowledge and has advanced in the computer industry.
For many years Israel had drawn water from Lake Galilee to do vast irrigation. However, because of a seven-year drought, the lake was very low and near the point of no return. The rains of 2012 and 2013 helped.
With its many years of experience in water control, the country is expert in that field. As mentioned earlier, it leads the world in converting salt water to fresh water. The process is called desalination.
Last October, Israel completed the world’s largest plant for desalination, located south of Tel Aviv on the Mediterranean Sea. Now 40 percent of the country’s water is converted and by the end of 2015 one half will come from the sea.
How do you explain the continuance of the Jews? For the answer, we go all the way back to the first book of the Bible, when God said to Abraham: “I will make you into a great nation ... and you will be a blessing ... and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you” (Genesis 12:2, 3).