Negev in Israel

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Arad © Neukoln/cc-by-sa-3.0

Arad © Neukoln/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Negev is a desert and semidesert region of southern Israel. The region’s largest city and administrative capital is Beersheba, in the north. At its southern end is the Gulf of Aqaba and the resort city of Eilat. It contains several development towns, including the nuclear reactor, built by France and paid for by Germany, in Dimona (Shimon Peres Negev Nuclear Research Center), Arad and Mitzpe Ramon, as well as a number of small Bedouin cities, including Rahat and Tel as-Sabi and Lakyah. There are also several kibbutzim, including Revivim and Sde Boker; the latter became the home of Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, after his retirement from politics.

The desert is home to the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, whose faculties include the Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research and the Albert Katz International School for Desert Studies, both located on the Midreshet Ben-Gurion campus adjacent to Sde Boker.

Kiryat Gat © ארכיון-קרית-גת/cc-by-2.5 Eilat coastline © Gal Gubesi/cc-by-sa-4.0 Jerocham © Amos Meron/cc-by-sa-3.0 Mitzpe Ramon © Wilson44691 Tel Sheva © Amos Meron/cc-by-sa-3.0 Ein Avdat in the Zin Valley © Andrew Shiva/cc-by-sa-4.0 Rahat, the largest Bedoiun city in the Negev © Lehava Center/cc-by-2.5 Beersheba © Moshe David/cc-by-2.5 Arad © Neukoln/cc-by-sa-3.0
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Rahat, the largest Bedoiun city in the Negev © Lehava Center/cc-by-2.5
Although historically a separate region, the Negev was added to the proposed area of Mandatory Palestine, of which large parts later became Israel, on 10 July 1922, having been conceded by British representative St John Philby “in Trans-Jordan‘s name”.

Vines have been planted in the Negev since ancient times. In modern times, vineyards have been established in the northern Negev hills using innovative computerized watering methods for irrigation. Carmel Winery was the first of the major wineries to plant vineyards in the Negev and operates a boutique winery at Ramat Arad. Tishbi has vineyards at Sde Boker and Barkan grows its grapes in Mitzpe Ramon. Yatir Winery is a winery in Tel Arad. Its vineyards are on a hill 900 meters above sea level on the outskirts of Yatir Forest. Carmey Avdat is Israel’s first solar-powered winery.

Read more on Wikivoyage Negev and Wikipedia Negev (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State - Weather report by weather.com). Photos by Wikimedia Commons. If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.




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