WHEN DAVID BEN-GURION stunned the nation in 1953 and moved to Sede Boqer, a newly formed, remote southern kibbutz, it was a radical statement from a radical leader reflecting the depth of his personal commitment to conquering the Negev desert. Ben-Gurion was obsessed with what he perceived to be the neglected state of Israel's southlands-an area that included some 60 percent of the country's area, but only a tiny fraction of its people. After leading his nation through a war of independence, it was as if he had decided to personally wage war against his country's hot and desolate desert: "If the state does not exterminate the desert.. the desert will exterminate the state" was his grim battle cry.
|Title of host publication||Between Ruin and Restoration|
|Subtitle of host publication||An Environmental History of Israel|
|Publisher||University of Pittsburgh Press|
|Number of pages||23|
|State||Published - 1 Jan 2012|
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