Situated on the land of the Biblical tribe of Naphtali, the Sea of Galilee, has had a huge impact on Israel's history and ecology. And in April 2020, Israeli media went wild, reporting that the Sea of Galilee was full for the first time since the 1990s after an exceptionally wet winter.
Technically, it's not a sea at all. but rather, a freshwater lake. Locally, it's known as the "Kinneret," a name first mentioned in the book of Numbers and possibly a reference to "kinor," meaning a harp, because of its shape. Since the Bible uses the same word for "lake" and "sea," it came to be known as a sea.
Heavily dependent on rainfall, the Sea of Galilee is a vital resource for Israel and its neighbors, despite its tiny size. At only 64 square miles, the size of Washington, D.C., it was once Israel's only fresh water source.
Today, Israel gets most of its drinking water through desalination and other water reclamation projects. But the fate of the Sea of Galilee still matters, and the Israeli Ministry of Environmental Protection is working closely with other organizations to preserve the Sea of Galilee for future generations.