My son David and I participated in H2O Tour 2018: A Tour on the Trail of Israel’s Water Solutions, a JNF-US-sponsored nine-day tour of Israel from December 10 to 17. Nineteen participants travelled from northern Galilee to southern Negev, gaining a comprehensive understanding of water and hydro resources of the country, trans-boundary issues, and the vision and dynamic of an ever-pioneering people of Israel to address their needs.
Our trip began in the northeast finger of the country bordering Lebanon and Syria, near the Syrian head-waters of Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) where we were introduced to the concerns that exist in a drought-stricken Middle East. We made stops in the Golan and southern part of Kinneret, continuing through the Gush Dan Region (Tel Aviv metropolitan area) and south to the Halutza Sands at the Gaza-Egypt border. From Jerusalem, we followed the Dead Sea route to the south end of the Central Arava, some 150 km from Eilat. Finally, at Sde Boker, we paid homage to the vision of David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s founding prime minister. [Read more…]