Sunday, November 10, 2013

Speeches today at Ben-Gurion's grave

For several days I've been posting about my visit to Ben-Gurion College at Kibbutz Sde Boker.
Here you can see the kibbutz perched above  deep Nahal Zin, in the wilderness of Zin.

Today the leaders of Israel gathered at the kibbutz, at the tomb of David Ben-Gurion and his wife, to mark 40 years since his passing.

See what Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke about at

including this:
Turning to the need to make the Negev bloom in accordance with Ben-Gurion’s vision, Netanyahu promised that there would soon be a rapid and dramatic increase in the percentage of Israelis living in the Negev — which has long hovered at around 8 percent. A huge “critical mass” would start flowing south, he vowed.
And Shimon Peres' Facebook page quotes our President as saying this:
We have gathered here today in memory of David Ben Gurion, but also to remind ourselves of our duty to continue his legacy of making the desert bloom and securing peace among ourselves and our neighbors. His legacy will continue to light our way.
We must ensure that we control our own destiny and make the two state solution a reality. Ben Gurion was adamant that Israel should give up land if that meant maintaining a Jewish majority, for without it, there will be no Jewish State. Since then, many changes have occurred, but this issue has remained as it was 66 years ago.
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William Kendall said...

It looks like a stark place... but also beautiful.

toby said...

What a gorgeous new view you have, it's downright biblical :) Enjoy!

Suzanne said...

Such a marked difference from Jerusalem Dina. May the dessert blossom with peace and beauty.

Anonymous said...

Really, some things don't change.
Kennedy's been gone 11/22 50 years; Ben-Gurion 40? Where did that go?

Birdman said...

Last one was me.

VP said...

Let's see what may happen in the coming months...

toby said...

I had a hunch that you'd know what my building from last week was :) Impressive as always!

Spiderdama said...

This landscape is the most beautiful.. I long coming back