The Israeli desert, in the southern part of Israel, covers more than half the country, so I figured I might as well write a few words about the interesting spots you can find there.
Israel's desert is called the Negev. Loosely translated, Negev means “dry” – and the name sure fits the area. It is a dry and hot area with (very) little rain.
The biggest city in the Israeli desert is Be'er Sheva in the northern Negev. Another city of much interest - and much fun – is the resort town Eilat at the southern end of the Negev (and the country) where it meets the Red Sea.
Not many Israelis live in the desert – only about 600,000. Of those, there are some 200,000 Bedouin inhabitants (Arab-speaking nomadic tribes). The majority of the Negev is being used by the Israeli army for training, and the biggest military bases are located in the desert.
There are a few interesting spots and attractions in the Negev desert that you might want to check out:
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