Life in the desert

Marco Ansaloni


In 1954, Prime minister David Ben Gourion, one of the founder of State of Israel, travelled to Negev Region, a huge sea of sand occupying almost the half part of the south of the country. From those lands he wrote : “ All those who make the desert bloom will be welcomed by hundreds or thousands, even millions”. His words recalled the words of the prophet Isaia, who predicted "the moorland and the dry earth rejoice, and the desert blossom as a rose". And this is what, the reserchers at Sde Boker, pretend to do. In this University-town is the Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, leading center in the study of arid regions of the planet.

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  • Daniel Kish Farm and Winery. It produces Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Daniel lives in isolation with his wife.

  • Kibbutz of Lotan. Boys Joseph and Netanel playing football in a grass field obtained by exploiting desalt water.

  • Researcher Mike Travis at the Institute of Water Research at Sde Boker University.

  • Fields of flowers Tropicana closed to Zeelim.

  • Ramon Crater. The only road that crosses the crater heads south to the city of Eilat on the Red Sea.

  • Dimona. Refugee Mohammed Arun from Sudan in the plantations of prickly pears.