Negev: Ben Gurion’s Vision Today’s Miracle

It’s winter in Jerusalem, Israel,

a good time to go south and see the Negev.

On the day we were going past southern farms

Negev under devolpment

 Negev farmers were headed to Jerusalem for a protest.

I wondered why all those Israeli flags?

A friend who was stuck in traffic and unable to get around

because of blocked streets later supplied the answer.

Israel Negev Ben Gurion quote

Ben Gurion would be amazed today!

The newest army complex in the Negev

Army base in southern Israel Kiryat Ariel Sharon

named for Ariel Sharon, is larger than many Israeli cities.

In the winter, plantings

Israel Negev planting

have turned the desert green.

Off road in Negev phone and electric wires

Power lines stretch as far as the eye can see,

while the Negev Guardian stands watch.


Israel south road to Negev

Emillo Mogilner’s 450 ton sculpture sits next to Route 40.

Also, along those Negev roads

Bedoiuns in Negev along road

are new Bedouin encampments

dotting the landscape in more locations

Israel south along road

than I could count.

Winter is a great time for changing weather

Winter clouds in Negev

and also for photos of stormy clouds.

There are desert sands and farms,

growing technology at the new Intel facility at Kiryat Gat,

plus the cyber-tech attached to Ben Gurion University,

and the rapidly developing Beer-Sheva area.

So much amazing progress in such a short period of time,

plus a winning sports team.

Red shirt in mayor's office Beer Sheva winning soccer team

This t-shirt is hanging next to the Beer-Sheva mayor’s office.

The shirt signed by the Beer-Sheva football (soccer) team

after winning championship games.

Beer-Sheva has developed a lot over  the last 30 years.

For some of my nephews, this shirt is a big deal.

Could Ben Gurion imagine today’s miracle of the Negev?

6 thoughts on “Negev: Ben Gurion’s Vision Today’s Miracle

    • January 12, 2017 at 5:15 am

      Let us know when you come, will show you some of Jerusalem back alleyways, some of best of old and new in world.

    • January 12, 2017 at 8:21 pm

      I agree Claudia Regina ! Vamos postar para nossos amigos do FB

      • January 12, 2017 at 8:34 pm

        Todah, thank you, gracias.

  • January 12, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    hi Sharon, amazing pictures of the Negev and bet shevah. unbelievable how much change has taken place since my year in machon in 1963. very exciting times we live in…..scary but exciting. again best regards to your whole family.

    • January 14, 2017 at 5:23 pm

      Thank you. Things have indeed changed since 1963, shame so many want us to go back there… shavuah tov.


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