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  • Day23

    Our Fellow Travellers 3

    April 27, 2019 in Israel ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    There were 26 in all. Brothers and Sisters from Newcastle, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Bendigo, Adelaide, and New Zealand, as far Dunedin. We also had an Aussie bred brother from Texas, USA. We had a newly baptised Chinese brother from Shaftesbury Road, and also a friend from Canberra. Our youngest was in his forties, and the eldest nearly 90.Read more

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  • Day17

    Ben Gurion Grave

    April 21, 2019 in Israel ⋅ 🌬 14 °C

    Ben Gurion was Israel's Prime Minister. His office was in Tel Aviv but after visiting a new kibbutz set up in the Negev he joined it and lived there very modestly with his wife. He and his wife are buried in simple graves not far from their home that was known as 'The Shack'. The graves face a fantastic tavern with a fantastic view.Read more

  • Day16

    Masada

    April 20, 2019 in Israel ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Wow - what a place!
    Herod built (well, lots of poor slaves did) a palace high up on this mountain fortress. It was his winter palace.
    The Jews revolted from the Roman rule and fled here to escape.
    The Romans were intent on quelling the rebellion and laid seige to the place to subdue them. The Jews were determined not to be under Roman rule again and when it became imminent that the Romans were about to break through the gates with their rammer the Jews made a plan to all commit suicide during the final night. When the Romans broke into the fortress they found only dead bodies.
    How they built this place, it's water cistern, walls etc etc is astounding - what a feat!
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  • Day16

    Engedi

    April 20, 2019 in Israel ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Engedi is an oasis in the Judean desert. It's a wildlife sanctuary. Water springs high up in the mountains cause the water to rush down in waterfalls which are really refreshing. Saw some Ibex (mountain goats), Hyrax (guinea pig like critters) and some birds. Lots of caves around - where David hid from Saul.
    The people of Engedi were famous for making "Balsamic Perfume" from a plant resin, but the recipe was kept secret.
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  • Day15

    Israel - Friends of Zion Museum

    April 19, 2019 in Israel ⋅ 🌬 14 °C

    The Friends of Zion Museum is so inspiring with fabulous interactive displays. It is about the 'Christian Zionist' movement and individuals who gave their lives, money and time to support the Jews and create a homeland for them.
    Great gift shop with goods made by new immigrants to the country - save your souvenir shopping to buy here and support this worthy cause that continues to help Holocaust survivors, and new arrivals and their families .
    We signed up as "Friends of Zion" and bought the book. Can't wait to read it!
    Very moving and inspiring! Full of admiration for these brave people!
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  • Day13

    Israel - Anzac Memorial near Gaza

    April 17, 2019 in Israel ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    There is a Anzac Memorial structure up near the Gaza Border to Commemorate the Aussie and New Zealand contribution to the wars in the Gaza area and the lives lost in the campaigns.
    The guide's talk was overshadowed by a flock of sheep that wandered around our group as if on cue. It is very Outback Australian type landscape - even with gum trees!Read more

  • Day13

    Israel - Beersheba

    April 17, 2019 in Israel ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Beersheba - on the border of the desert.
    It's a oasis in the desert and is being rebuilt and improved at a rapid rate thanks to its forward planning Mayor! The earth is made up of dust from Sahara Desert that falls when it reaches moisture. Also limestone dust that causes flash flooding that causes big ruts in ground and makes it useless for agriculture. Neverless, the Israeli's have cultivated this land and the plains lining the roads abound with crops if all sorts.
    Kibbutz - envelopes
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  • Day13

    Israel -Road to the Gaza Strip

    April 17, 2019 in Israel ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    We went from Beersheba up close to the Gaza Border. The land here is cultivated even though it's poor with little rainfall. The Israeli's have developed technology where they treat waste water and recycle it water this area. Along with drip feeders and hot houses this area brings forth abundantly. The desert shall blossom as a rose!
    On the other side of the border....
    The Palestinian continually burn Garbage at the border which they hope annoys the Israeli's but none live close enough for it to bother them.
    The Israeli's have a blimp in the air which constantly monitors the border and picks up any suspicious activity.
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