Heading to the Negev, Ben Gurion’s Grave.

Dunreith places a stone on David Ben-Gurion's grave.

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.

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4 responses to “Heading to the Negev, Ben Gurion’s Grave.

  1. Sounds like such a wonderful, rich trip! History, current events, personal connection, family time, beautiful sights, interesting people… and shared electronically across the ocean, of course! A great advance on the old trip communication via postcard!

  2. jeffkellylowenstein3

    Thanks, Dave. It has indeed been a fantastic time thus far. Hope all is well with you.

    Love from our family to yours.

    Jeff

  3. Oh, one thing I didn’t mention in my list of what seem to be the characteristics of your trip: facing hard questions. You quoted Aiden as asking “who cares?” A basic question of history and society. And in facing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, how can the burden of history be overcome? Can we hold strong group identities while still caring about the universal? How can change be brought about? How can seemingly irreconcilable foes be brought together? Can force ever play a positive role? How are we like and unlike other people in the world?
    Right after I sent my previous message I had the thought that I had missed the main point; your tour, of course, is very interesting (and a special family opportunity) but more an occasion to think and perhaps understand more deeply endless questions. I look forward to hearing some of the wisdom you’ve developed!

    • jeffkellylowenstein3

      Hey, Dave,

      Thanks for your thoughtful comment. I agree with you about our having more information to face hard questions and issues on a number of levels and look forward to continuing the conversation with you when we return.

      Love from our family to yours.

      Jeff

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