A Flourishing Desert Ecosystem

A Flourishing Desert Ecosystem

It took me a few minutes to figure out what B7 stands for when I first encountered the initials in an email. A plane model? A name of a drone? An army unit? What it definitely did not sound like is a place in the desert. Yet, after three weeks of working in Beer Sheva, the term B7 seems to aptly fit the locale. B7 is home to the Gav-Yam Negev park, the modern epitome of David Ben-Gurion’s vision of making the desert flourish. “It is in the Negev that the creativity and pioneer vigor of Israel will be tested, and this will be a crucial test. Israel’s capacity for science and research will be tested in the Negev … and this effort will determine the fate of the State of Israel and the standing of our people in the history of mankind,” he declared. And, indeed it has.