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Making the Desert Green

Very few seem to have the time, resources or desire to invest in the desert, which accounts for 60 percent of Israel’s territory.

A mere five percent of the population lives in the desert regions. Most Israelis live in the more naturally-lush center of the country. It’s true that the Negev desert isn’t the most inviting landscape, and it can be a headache, and an expensive one at that, to develop this land. But for some, our Zionism drives a deep love for this desert. It was the same for David Ben-Gurion (pictured). Of all the beautiful areas of the reborn Jewish state, he chose to live in the Negev. The greening of the desert was an integral part of his vision. But…