Zum Thema: Tourism & Nature

Saving the Dead Sea with Art 

‘I can’t really save the Dead Sea. Yeah, I’m not a doctor, it’s dying. I can’t save it, but I can help preserve it through art. Because something dying doesn’t mean it’s dead yet. There’s new life being formed here. It’s still a very, very significant place.” This starts the quest of Ari Leon Fruchter,… […]

Will Israeli Tourism Be Popular Post-Pandemic?

Before March 2020, Israeli tourism was on the rise. As the economy reopens thanks to a mass vaccination campaign and the Green Passport concept, Israel may return to being a top-listed destination for global citizens who are craving a post-COVID getaway. Travel companies are already seeing bookings for the winter of 2021.  While flights are… […]

Red Flowers and February Showers

After only a couple of months of a wet winter, Israel’s typically neutral-colored landscapes burst into color during February, known as the month when the wildflowers bloom across forests and fields. The third national lockdown ended in perfect timing to witness nature’s cycle, as Israelis flowed to their favorite spots to seek and find the… […]

An Israeli, Palestinian, and Jordanian Plan to Save the Dead Sea

In 2016, three Middle Eastern men joined together with one mission – to save the Dead Sea. Oded Rahab, an Israeli entrepreneur, Munqeth Meyhar, a Jordanian environmental activist, and Yusef, a Palestinian lifeguard, may not always agree on everything, but their love of nature exceeds their need for politics. “We knew we needed collaborators on… […]

Santa Clause Floats the Dead Sea

Last Sunday, Santa Claus took a trip to the Dead Sea, decked in his full suit and carrying a decorated Christmas tree. While it’s not Christmas time just yet, this isn’t that strange for the Jewish state, which typically sees over a million Christian tourists annually. Since COVID-19 has halted the majority of international travel… […]

The Biggest Beach Cleanup Hopes to Break Global Record

With at least 26 collaborating organizations, 12,000 people attending via the Facebook event, and over 100 locations on the cleanup list, Israel is planning to turn up to clean up this Friday, October 30. The coalition of organizations includes The Coalition of the Mediterranean People, Life and Environment, Coastal Authorities Organization, EcoOcean. The groups have… […]

Public Battle for Private Waters

Should public waters on private land be open to the Israeli public? This is a major question that has risen since early summer 2020, when a group of protestors reigned upon Kibbutz Nir David to demand public access to the freshwater Asi River running through it in an ongoing campaign called Free the Asi. Nir… […]

Taking Solar Energy to the Next Level

What if energy production was not only climate-friendly but also supported flourishing agriculture in the desert? Ralph Steigrad is trying to get Swiss and Israelis around a table for a pilot project to make it happen. As so often in life, the idea was inspired by a discussion. Ralph Steigrad was still living in Australia at… […]

The Sea of Galilee is Finally Full

The Sea of Galilee, or the Kinneret, has reached its full capacity thanks to the abundant rainfall and the lack of human intervention in the last few months. The Northern lake is overflowing its banks at 15.5 centimeters above the red line, a level which hasn’t been seen since the early 1990s. With a full… […]

Nature’s Return to Nature

Instead of buses screeching by, birds chirp loudly as a wakeup call in the urban center of Tel Aviv. Wild pigs roam the hills of Haifa, and families of ibex walk the Eilat promenade. As humans’ nest inside their manmade homes, animals seem to be returning to their most natural state, wandering through streets once… […]

El Al Airlines Struggles Amidst All-Time Travel Lows

As a result of the global coronavirus pandemic, Israel’s largest airline carrier has suspended flights to a number of destinations. In addition to China, Hong Kong, and Thailand, the airline has also stopped flights to Japan and Italy, which have all been impacted with the COVID-19 virus. With the rising numbers of infections, and the… […]

That Time Israel and Sinai were Friends

I could feel the nerves running through my veins. Welcome to Egypt. It was my first time crossing the border since moving to Israel in 2010. I had heard that Israelis adored Sinai, yet the rumors quickly shifted in 2011 after an uptick of violence, spurred by terrorists whose aim was to create destruction of… […]

The 2,000-Year-Old Judean Date is Back

An array of Judean date seeds, grown about 2,000 years ago, have been fertilized and nine months later, are beginning to sprout. Out of 32 date seeds, 6 have blossomed to make up their own modern-day tribe of Judean dates. Elaine Solowey, the Director of Sustainable Agriculture of the Arava Institute, who is leading the… […]

The State of Trees is Cause for Concern

Tu B’shvat is the annual birthday of the trees in the Jewish calendar. The harvest holiday is commonly celebrated by gathering for a feast, eating fruits and nuts, and planting trees. This year, in the wake of rising concerns and the dire need for environmental attention, perhaps the birthday of the trees is the perfect… […]

Israeli Agriculture Is Top of the Field

Professor Dani Zamir of Hebrew University is being awarded with the Israel Prize for his research on genetic cultivation and improving plant life. The award is given annually by the Education Ministry for scholars who are contributing valuable research to the fields of agriculture and environmental science. Zamir has been teaching genetics at Hebrew University… […]

Oil Company Fined NIS 100 Million

Just about five years ago on December 3, 2014, a pipeline burst leaking five million liters of oil along the border of Eilat and Jordan. The Eilat-Ashkelon Pipeline Company was doing routine work, and the result of the burst pipe is considered the worst ecological disaster in Israel and the largest oil spill to date.… […]

Unexpected Rain Falls in Israel

Autumn rain is falling early in the Middle East, with the first rainfall hitting Israel on September 15. With annual back to school energies, the summer climate doesn’t typically break until October. This year however, in pleasant surprise, a splash of rain fell in the Northern part of the country while the weather remained warm.… […]

High Numbers Visit Nature Parks Despite Heat

The hottest months of the year don’t stop about 1,500,000 Israelis and 400,000 tourists from stepping into nature. Just about 2 million people visited the national parks and nature reserves throughout the country during the months of July and August. The most popular site was Gan Hashlosha National Park, also known as Sakhne, which is… […]

Israel Sends Support to the Amazon

Global alarm bells are ringing as the lungs of the Earth burn down in the Amazon rainforest. Thousands of fires are aflame since approximately August 10, which was tagged a day for fire by Brazilian farmers seeking farmland to raise cattle. While the world authorities have been slow to pay attention, social media activists started… […]

Imagining Israel Through Climate Change

Imagine two more months of summer, melting summer nights, and air conditioning as a requirement. As temperatures continue to rise in Israel, and if no immediate changes are made to counter climate change, the Israeli lifestyle will shift drastically. Yet as Israel steadily pumps a high concentration of toxic chemicals, or greenhouse gases, and does… […]