Our Israeli odyssey continued today, this time with a southern desert twist.
Today the Yannay family took us to the Negev desert, where Israeli patriarch David Ben-Gurion-also known as the father of the country-retreated after his first departure from politics. A plaque near the entrance to Ben-Gurion University proclaims his commitment to make the desert a livable place.
Others have taken up the quest, as one of the world’s top desertification-the effort to make deserts sustainable living spaces-is based in the Negev.
Martin Gilbert’s history of Israel and O Jerusalem by Collins and Lapierre and Michael Oren’s book about the Six Day War all talk about Ben-Gurion and his role throughout Israel founding and first decades.
UPDATE: I wrote yesterday about driving through settlements in the West Bank. The shaky alliance between Abbas and the Israeli military took a big step backward after the military killed six Palestinians in response to a Jewish settler being killed earlier this week in the Gaza Strip.