A view of the Negev – desert – in the south of Israel.
Today I snapped the photo above from the bus I was riding in. As you can see, the desert is flourishing, as Israel plants more and more vegetation. I am told that the dew is enough moisture to sustain them.
Views of the new Eilat Ramon airport, named after the Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon, who was killed in the Columbia accident in 2003, and his son, Assaf Ramon, who was killed in a routine training accident in 2009 at age 21. He had just completed pilot training with the Israeli Air Force. It is scheduled to open in early 2018, which is behind schedule. This airport will replace the current airport which is located in Eilat proper. It will have a longer runway to handle larger planes.
Every day I see the miracles which take place in Israel. The flowering of the desert, the building and growth, the new immigrants, even while being surrounded by enemies on every side. We are so blessed to live here and to be here in these times.
I did also want to relay to you what I saw today. There was a minibus off the side of the road which had driven into a ditch. There were 3 Arab men there. One was in the driver’s seat and the other 2 were giving directions. All the Arab women, in burkas, were pushing the minivan!! Yes, that really happened.