ISRAEL - The Blooming Desert

Arno Froese

It’s been almost two decades since the government decided to move the IDF intelligence headquarters from Tel Aviv to the South.

The decision was part of a mass transfer of IDF units from the geographical and social center of the country to the Negev—a wide, mostly uninhabited desert—intended to strengthen the South and its residents, while making room for more housing in the center, where the prices have skyrocketed over the past 15 years.

With the relocation, approximately 20,000 soldiers in the technology branch alone would serve in the South, and thousands more from other corps.

“We are building a national project whose first goal is to strengthen military intelligence,” Defense Minister Benny Gantz said, adding the infrastructure that will be at its disposal and its capabilities will make it “a strong and leading corps.”

But there’s more in it than strengthening the intelligence units new and advanced facilities; there is a statement in moving military units—including from Aman (the Hebrew acronym for Military Intelligence)—to the South.

It means that our leaders see value in promoting the Negev.

Carrying out this move brings with it thousands of work opportunities for the residents of Beersheba, Dimona and other communities in the area. Bringing jobs from the wealthy center to the deprived Negev is doing justice for people who were for years neglected by the government.

Above all are the words of Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion: “In the Negev shall be tested the people and the State of Israel.”

Seeing the Negev as an integral part of the country is not only a technical issue, it is part of a vision. It can only help build this country in a place sorely in need of being built up., 7 July 2020

Arno's commentary

This blooming desert—meaning more life, activity, industries with hospitals, schools, and synagogues—will indeed be a boon to the Negev residents, although mostly due to technical and military reasons. 

Yet, there is a promise: “He turneth the wilderness into a standing water, and dry ground into watersprings” (Psalm 107:35).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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