Kinneret in summer (Photo by Flash 90) “And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth that is under thee shall be iron.” Deuteronomy 28:23 (The Israel Bible™) By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz The Regional Council…
Photo by: Wikimedia Commons By DANIEL TAUBER Under Netanyahu’s stewardship, Israel’s ultimate withdrawal from the Jordan Valley has become a fait accompli Since Israel’s retrieval of Judea and Samaria in 1967, the Jordan Valley has been considered key…
Pottery shard dated to the 9th century B.C. with prophet’s name elisha_house_tel_rehov Archaeologists in Israel say they may have discovered the home of the Old Testament prophet Elisha. A pottery shard with his name on it has been dated to…
In response to Netanyahu’s claim that continued military presence in Jordan Rift Valley vital for Israel’s security, PM Fayyad says only solution to conflict is establishment of Palestinian state within 1967 borders
While Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seeking international support for continued Israeli military presence in the Jordan Rift Valley, even in the event of a peace agreement, Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said Tuesday, “There is no Palestinian state without the Jordan Valley.”
Meanwhile, Netanyahu’s proposal for an interim peace deal suffered a blow earlier in the day when British Foreign Secretary William Hague demanded that Israel and the Palestinians resume discussions and seek a breakthrough on a permanent peace deal before the end of the year.
UK: Middle East peace process is too vital to fail / Associated Press
With a giant trunk and boughs towering 60 feet high, a gnarled sycamore near Jericho’s main square has long been touted as the very tree that the hated tax collector climbed to get a glimpse of Jesus.
Now it’s taking center stage in a plan to transform this ancient desert backwater into a tourism hub.
The tree, once tucked obscurely away on a side street, is a featured attraction of a Russian-funded museum complex to be unveiled this month as part of Jericho’s 10,000th birthday celebrations.
At the Oct. 10 launch of yearlong festivities, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will outline ambitious plans for Jericho, a Jordan Valley oasis that bills itself as the world’s oldest and lowest-lying town, at some 780 feet below sea level.
“This is to promote Palestine as a destination,” Palestinian Tourism Minister Khouloud Daibes said of the venture, which includes a resort to be built on the shores of the nearby Dead Sea. The Palestinians even hope for an airport in the area, though both projects hinge on Israeli approval.
Israelis, Palestinians each stake claim to section of West Bank
The backhoes are busy on housing plots for this new Israeli settlement in the Jordan Valley, and young families, under army guard and toting M-16s, have begun cultivating dozens of acres of land with dates, olives and other crops.