The Sea of Galilee (from Arbel)

The Sea of Galilee (from Arbel)

Most people I know who do not know much about the land of Israel think that the land (as well as the region of the Middle East at large) is one big desert.  In part, much of the Middle East in general is a desert.  Jordan is about 90% desert.  Same with Saudi Arabia.  To the north, Lebanon and Syria have more agricultural lands than other Arab countries.  As for Israel, in addition to the Judean Desert, most of the south (e.g. the Negev) is dry and arid.  However, the rest of Israel’s land has been “brought back to life” in remarkable ways. This is why when people travel with me on a trip to Israel they are shocked at what they see – a variety of regions or beauty!

When you think about it, Israel, only being the size of about New Jersey), offers a variety of topographies, from the coastal plains along the western coast, to the Shephelah (lowlands) of Judah further inland, to the Negev in the south (more arid/desert-like) and the Judean Desert to the east.  There is also the Judean and Ephraim Hill Countries that run in the heart of the land (biblical Judah and Samaria), the Carmel Range and the Jezreel Valley, the “bread-basket” of the land north of the Hill Countries.  Finally, Lower and Upper Galilee and the Golan to the north features the highest mountains of Israel.  So from the Dead Sea (close to 1,400 feet below sea level) to Mt. Hermon (presently getting snow at 7,200 feet above sea level), Israel is a beautiful land that flourishes in every way.

Enjoy this amazingly beautiful video of the entire land of Israel.

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