Ga'aton River

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Ga'aton River (1946)
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The Ga'aton River (Hebrew: נהר הגעתון‎, Nehar HaGa'aton) is a small river in the Northern District of Israel. It passes through the town of Nahariya before emptying into the Mediterranean Sea. The river runs through the main street of Nahariya, a city that takes its name from the river (nahar means river in Hebrew).[1]


In Ottoman times, the river was known as Nahr Mefshukh.[2]

The source of this river, formerly known as "the fountain-head of the waters of Ǧiyāto" (Hebrew: ראש מי גיאתו‎), and which issued from two natural springs: ʻain a-tinah and ʻain al-ʻanqalit, is mentioned in late 2nd century rabbinic writings (Sifrei on Deuteronomy 11:24), and in the Mosaic of Rehob.[3]

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  1. ^ Hunter, Alastair (2005). Psalms. Routledge. p. 139.
  2. ^ Survey of Western Palestine, Map 3, grid Le.
  3. ^ Raphael Frankel and Israel Finkelstein, in an article published by them, entitled The Northwest Corner of Eretz-Israel in the Baraita ‘Boundaries of Eretz-Israel’, Cathedra: For the History of Eretz Israel and its Yishuv (pub. by: Yad Izhak Ben Zvi), vol. 27, Jerusalem 1983, p. 43. (see: Finkelstein, Israel (1983). "'The Northwest Corner of Eretz-Israel' in the Baraita 'Boundaries of Eratz-Israel'". Cathedra: For the History of Eretz Israel and Its Yishuv. 27: 39–46. JSTOR 23398920.).

Coordinates: 33°0′23.28″N 35°5′39.41″E / 33.0064667°N 35.0942806°E / 33.0064667; 35.0942806