|JNF's Blueprint Negev: Paving Israel's Last Great Places|
By Dr. Daniel Orenstein
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Aug. 25, 2005) — The Jewish National Fund, which has spent the last decade or so attempting to market themselves as Israel’s premier environmental organization, is revving up the engines of their fleet of bulldozers. This time, they’ve targeted the Negev: Israel’s final frontier. The country’s last great natural reserve. The only place in the country where landscapes can be viewed largely without roads and power lines. Where the stars are visible at night. Where ecologists still can release large mammals into the wild and hope that they may survive in the wilderness.
Dr. Daniel Orenstein is an advisory-board member of the Green Zionist Alliance.
Israeli Nature Poll
"Do not destroy trees by putting an ax to them, because you can eat their fruit. Do not cut them down. Are the field's trees people, that you should besiege them?"
- Deuteronomy 20:19
Did You Know?
Half of the nature reserves in the Negev desert overlap with military firing ranges.
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