Economy and Tourism
A new pipe bridge and lookout point over the Besor River, and an observation deck offering a panoramic view of the breathtaking Besor Region, up to Beersheva, Ashkelon, and beyond.
Just in time for the Scarlet South Festival, KKL-JNF inaugurated a new tourism complex in the Negev. The complex includes a lookout over the Besor River, a new pipe bridge and an observation point overlooking the water reservoirs and the agricultural region.  The three reservoirs of the Besor were built with the support of Friends of KKL-JNF in the U.S., Australia, England and South Africa.  The observation point is an additional tourist attraction for the thousands of visitors to the region.

L-R: Ron Huldai, Chaim Yellin and Efi Stenzler with Scarlet South balloons. Photo: KKL-JNF Photo Archive

In attendance at the inauguration of the tourism complex were KKL-JNF World Chairman Efi Stenzler; Eshkol Regional Council Chairman Chaim Yellinand Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai.  The city of Tel Aviv and the Eshkol Regional Council have signed a twin city treaty. 

The new pipe bridge which will be completed in the coming weeks is comprised of water pipes that belong to the Besor reservoirsystem. It offers visitors an additional convenient and safe observation point during the flood periods.  At the center of the bridge, directly above the Besor River channel, an observation terrace was built that can accommodate dozens of visitors. 

The pipe bridge is situated near Israel’s famous suspension bridge, the longest in the country, which attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year, during all seasons, and especially during the floods, when the enormous waves of water flow into the river and offer an amazing display. 

The new pipe bridge. Photo: KKL-JNF Photo Archive

Between the two bridges, there is a circular hiking route along the Besor River channel, for visitors, on foot orbicycle.  The distance between the bridges is 4 kilometers and the circular route is 7 kilometers. 

The reservoirs’ observation point is an additional tourist attraction for the thousands of visitors to the region.  The observation point overlooks the group of Besor reservoirs, whose water is used to irrigate the agricultural fields of the western Negev.  The observation point overlooks the Yatir region and Beer Sheva to the north, and as far as the city of Ashkelon to the south.  In the evening, one can witness an amazing spectacle of twinkling lights from the nearby localities. 

The Besor Reservoir lookout. Photo: KKL-JNF Photo Archive
The development of this complex was the initiative of the Eshkol Regional Council and the Besor River Administration.  The reservoirs’ observation point was built by KKL-JNF in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture and the Besor Shikma Drainage Authority. 

KKL-JNF World Chairman Efi Stenzlernoted that “KKL-JNF has added an extensive array of services and infrastructure to the wonderful spaces of Ramat Hanegev, the Arava and Eilat, which will turn this region into Israel’s new growth engine.  The Beeri Forest and our grazing lands have created amazing carpets of anemones, which are the highlight of the Scarlet South Festival.  The three water reservoirs, seen from the observation point, have revolutionized not only the region’s agriculture, which relies on the reservoirs for their existence, but also the tourism and economic fields, which constitute the basis for the development of the entire region.” 

The Besor Reservoir lookout from below. Photo: KKL-JNF Photo Archive

The Besor River is Israel’s largest river, which flows into the Mediterranean Sea.  The river’s drainage basin spans an area of 3,600 square kilometers.  The river’s tributaries originate from Ramat Avdat, Arad, the Lahav Mountains and Western Hebron Mountain.  The shoulders of the river, stretching 44 kilometers in length from the Beer Sheva River estuary, to the Besor River, up to the Gaza Strip, are part of the Besor Nature Reserve.  In the area of the nature reserve, there are springs that flow all year long and are enjoyed by wild animals such as gazelle, jackals, foxes, wildcats and coyotes.  The river and its surrounding fields serve as rest stops and ‘refueling stations’ for migratory birds, such as cranes, storks and a multitude of birds of prey.  The nature reserve features the archeological sites of Tel Sharuhen (Tel Fara) and Tel Gama. 

The Besor Reservoirs:  In the 1990s, JNF built a series of 3 water reservoirs and dams in the Besor region, which led to unprecedented agricultural and economic change in the region.  This system eliminates the dependence on the region’s scarce rainfall, reduces agricultural irrigation using freshwater and allows for a system that regulates the Besor River’s flood water and utilizes the reclaimed water for agricultural irrigation. 

Beeri Lookout. Photo: KKL-JNF Photo Archive

The Besor reservoirs are a sophisticated system of 3 reservoirs, which together are capable of storing over 7 million cubic meters of water.  The source of the water is from floods that flow into the river.  In dry years, in which there is no possibility of filling the reservoirs with water from the Besor, there is an option of filling them with Gush Dan wastewater (SHAFDAN).  The establishment of these reservoirs has doubled the yield of local crops of orange, lemon and tangerine groves and potato, peanut, sunflower and jojoba fields. 

Along the Besor River, as part of the the region’s tourism development, KKL-JNF has built a scenic route spanning 18 kilometers, from Tseelim to the Eshkol Park.  A hike along this scenic route offers visitors an experience that features amazing river and desert views.  This route has become famous thanks to the suspension bridge built by KKL-JNF above the river, the flood water reservoirs and dams. 

The tourism complex is located near another KKL-JNF project - the ANZAC Trail, which was restored and developed with the assistance of JNF Australia.  The road originates in the Kibbutz Beeri- Besor Region and ends in Beer Sheba.

Over 60 leading women from across the world joined together last month for a panel discussion showcasing Israeli females in the lead.
Organized by The Israel Project (TIP) and the Embassy of Cyprus in Israel, the event served as a platform to discuss and understand the challenges and opportunities facing women in Israeli society in the modern age.
Among the panelists were popular journalist Judy Shalom Nir-Mozes. Former IDF commander Miri Eisin and Israeli Olympic athlete Maayan Davidovich.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, today (Thursday, 15 June 2017), in Thessaloniki, at the third trilateral summit, signed joint statements for the continued strengthening of relations.

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A senior delegation from Tanzania, headed by Dr. Aloyce Nzuki, Permanent Secretary Ministry for Natural Resources and Tourism, arrived in Israel for a series of meetings and events designed to increase cooperation with the Israeli tourist industry, and encourage Israeli tourism and investments to enchanted, exotic Tanzania.

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At a festive ceremony attended by Minister of Education Naftali Bennett, the Lauder Dormitory Building was inaugurated today at the Technion
state of the art building was donated to the Technion by World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder and his wife Jo Carole

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09 June 2017 – Jerusalem) The U.S. Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations Nikki Haley visited Yad Vashem today. The Ambassador was guided through the Holocaust History Museum by Dr. Robert Rozett, Director of Yad Vashem Libraries, participated in a memorial ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance, visited the Children's Memorial and signed the Yad Vashem Guest Book.

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President Reuven Rivlin today (Wednesday) met at his residence in Jerusalem with United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Nikki R. Haley.

President Rivlin welcomed her and said, “You are a dear friend of Israel. We appreciate your strong stand on the world’s most important stage, in support of the security of the people and the State of Israel. With your support we see the beginning of a new era. Israel is no longer alone at the UN. Israel is no longer the UN’s punching bag.”

He continued, “When I spoke at the UN on Holocaust Memorial Day, I said that the UN must learn from the lessons of the past, and stand up against hatred and racism. I said it must end its obsession with targeting Israel. Progress has been made. Israel’s standing at the UN has improved. But sadly, we have a long way to go. Both in holding to account, public statements made by officials, and in supporting regulation to reduce the ridiculous number of discussions and resolutions against Israel. This is also true in the Human Rights Council - which has been hijacked as a weapon against Israel - and in UNESCO, where they seek to rub out the history of the Jewish people.”

The President thanked the Ambassador for her great contribution to the State of Israel, and said, “Ambassador Haley, as the representative the US - Israel’s greatest and strongest ally - we appreciate very much your support of Israel, and all you do to stand up for the values of freedom and democracy which we share. Welcome to Israel, welcome to Jerusalem.”

Ambassador Haley thanked the President for his warm welcome and said, “Thank you Mr. President for taking the time to meet with us, it is an absolute thrill to be here in Israel, I so much appreciate the support we have received from the people of Israel. But I feel somewhat guilty because all I did at the United Nations was tell the truth. I have never taken kindly to bullies, and the UN has bullied Israel for a very long time, and we are not going to let that happen anymore. It is a new day for Israel in the United Nations. We just got back from Geneva, talking about the Human Rights Council and hopefully it will be a new day at the Human Rights Council when it comes to Israel.”

She concluded by saying she was greatly looking forward to her visit to Israel and said, “I am looking forward to taking in the history, the beauty, the tradition, and all that comes with the magic of Israel. Thank you very much for having me it is a pleasure to be here.”

Photo credit: Mark Neiman (GPO)

Friday was a beautiful late spring day; the gardens were lovely, the weather was fine; the guests were elegantly attired; the refreshments were generous and delicious; all the makings of a happy celebration marking the National Day of Sweden. H.E. Carl Magnus Nesser, ambassador of Sweden to the State of Israel, hosted the event at the ambassadorial residence in Herzlia Pituach.

The event was attended by many Swedish nationals living in Israel; Swedish music, Swedish food, Swedish sponsors and a generous open bar – all the makings of a happy event.

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A fundamentally agricultural holiday, Shavuot commemorates the custom of bringing offerings to the Holy Temple from the first fruits of the harvest and the first animals born to the flocks.

Shavuot, the Holiday of Weeks, is one of the three pilgrimage holidays, along with Pesach and Sukkot. These are the holidays on which the whole Jewish people would come to Jerusalem​ in ancient times, when the Holy Temple was there, and would offer animal and grain sacrifices.

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Tel Aviv Eat presents three evenings of tastings and workshops featuring the region’s leading restaurants and most prominent chefs. Entrance is free (including the chefs’ demonstrations), and tasting portions range in price from NIS 20-35. Doors open each evening at 18.00. There are several performance stages, live music, and stands selling beer.

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"Only when we remember the families who were torn apart from everyone they loved, who suffered that terrible darkness and evil, who had endured the unbearable horror of the Holocaust, only then can we prevent this agony from ever repeating." President Donald J. Trump

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The Charles Bronfman Auditorium at Habima Square is one of the centerpieces of the Israeli arts and cultural scene, home to the Israel Philharmonic for the last 60 years. On Friday, May 19th, it was home to yet another historic event, with the dedication of the entrance hall to Miri Shitrit of blessed memory.

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President Reuven and First Lady Nechama Rivlin today, (Monday), welcomed President of the United States Donald J. Trump, and First Lady Melania Trump on arrival at Ben-Gurion International Airport, and then at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem.

On his arrival at the President’s Residence, President Trump signed the official guest book and wrote, “It is such a great honor to be in Israel and be with all of my great friends”.

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  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara, today (Monday, 22 May 2017), at Ben-Gurion International Airport, welcomed US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania with an honor guard.

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President Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday , at a ceremony at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem, received the diplomatic credentials of the new Ambassadors to Israel from Thailand and Spain. Each ceremony began with the raising of the flag and the playing of the national anthem of the visiting country, and - after the presentation of the credentials - the signing of the guest book, before the playing of Israel's national anthem 'Hatikva'.

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