David Ben Gurion and
Kibbutz Sde Boker

David Ben Gurion was quite a guy to say the least. He was a true Israel leader - the first prime minister of the newborn country.

David Ben GurionDavid Ben Gurion. Picture from the Knesset (Israeli parliament) website.

Ben Gurion was a visionary who believed that the Israeli desert should bloom and prosper. To achieve that Ben Gurion promoted the idea of settling Jews in the Negev – the Israeli desert – which he himself did as a personal example.

He chose Kibbutz Sde Boker as his home and he lived there between the years 1953-1973 (during part of this time he was the Prime Minister of Israel). He was buried in Sde Boker too. Like most all Israeli leaders of that era, Ben Gurion was a modest person and as such lived in a small wooden house known in Hebrew as “Tzrif”.

Sde Boker, Negev desert, IsraelThe view from Sde Boker. Picture by Infinitely-Digital.

The kibbutz itself is nothing fancy and you can find a lot more interesting attractions in Israel. However if you like the desert and you wanted to visit a kibbutz then Sde Boker is a good choice – especially if you are heading to Eilat.

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