Experts from Israel, Great Lakes compare big water

By MORGAN LINN
Capital News Service

LANSING — While Lake Michigan protectors are fighting a threatened carp invasion, managers in Israel are dumping them into the Sea of Galilee. That’s just one of the differences in managing two of the world’s largest lakes that emerged during a recent conference between lake managers from Israel and the Great Lakes region. The Sea of Galilee – or Lake Kinneret – and Lake Michigan differ greatly in size, but experts from both areas shared common experiences and found ways of learning from each other at the Michigan State University conference
Lake Kinneret, in northeast Israel, is only about 13 miles long by 8 miles wide but is the largest freshwater lake in Israel.That’s much smaller than Lake Michigan, which is 307 miles long by 118 miles wide, but the researchers said the two bodies of water share similar challenges. And the differences are also a learning opportunity for both groups, they said. Where management of the two lakes differs greatly involves silver carp.

Lansing Jews divided on Netanyahu’s U.S. visit

By Ian Wendrow
Listen Up, Lansing

LANSING- Earlier this month, the world was abuzz as Benjamin Netanyahu secured his fourth term as prime minister of Israel after delivering a dramatic speech in front of the U.S. Congress. The speech was controversial well before it began. Political experts critiqued the timing of the speech, the impact it could have on nuclear negotiations with Iran, and fraying relations between Israel and the United States. But another controversy was brewing among those who Netanyahu claimed to represent, political leanings irrelevant. He referred to his visit to Congress as a “historic mission” in which he acted as an “emissary of all Israelis, even those who disagree with me, of the entire Jewish people,” the Washington Post reported.