Gaza, Egypt and Iam Hamelakh

Last month, my cousin and his wife traveled to Israel for their honeymoon. A freshly met friend offered to take us on a trip to his parents’ moshav, Yated, at the border with Gaza and Egypt. We went on the top of a monument from where we could see up to the see and had a glimpse on both territories. No need to say that from there, a cloud of dust sprouting from Gaza is not the most reassuring thing.

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In the back: Gaza

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Straight ahead: Egypt

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On the right: the moshav

We then went to visit the workshop of an artist who lives across the street of my friend’s, Yaron Bob. I let him explain what he does because he does that better than me.

This guy is a magician, he can transform a fork into all kind of animals, and he showed us every thing he does. We also had a glimpse of his raw material:

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He explained us that the big ones, the Qassams, are handwork: people take a sewage pipe, suture three small wings on it, fill it with explosives and shoot. It’s impossible to aim with that, and since they stay inside populated area to avoid reprisals, they generally land in the middle of fields. He pointed out to the one in the front and said: “This one landed in my property yesterday”. My cousin’s wife was not totally relaxed. The missile he holds in his hand is a professional one, sold by Russia or Iran (you can tell by just reading what is written on it). There is the Iron Dome against those, but if they shoot more that nine at the same time, not all of them can be intercepted.

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While we were waling around the properties, we asked if there were snakes and scorpions. To what he answered that we shouldn’t be scared of scorpions, but of the animal eating them! Let me introduce you to Akshuvah (Solifugae in English).

Luckily we didn’t meet any of those little creatures.

The day after, we drove to Iam HaMelakh (the Dead Sea) and enjoyed the fresh spring of Ein Bokek.

IMG_0976 IMG_0992IMG_0999 IMG_1005A tradition at the Dead Sea is to cover oneself with the nutrient-rich mud of the sea and then rinse it in the salty water. Although you can’t find the mud on the banks of the sea anymore, you can get some at the local shop (No worries, it’s VERY cheap!).

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And because some asked if you really float in the Dead Sea: yes, you do.

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Oh, and the water temperature is probably above 30 degrees. Come visit!

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