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Locusts Invade Israel but More of a Tourist Site than a Plague

Israelis are excited over the latest tourists – locusts – while the Agriculture Ministry is making sure the pests have a short stay. Armchair preachers are having as field day with the new arrivals.
Airplanes sprayed pesticides at the fields in Ramat Hanegev Monday March 11 2013. as a new swarm of locusts hit the Ramat Hanegev region. Israel has experienced several minor locust infestations in recent days as small groups break off from an enormous swarm in the Giza region of Egypt.

Airplanes sprayed pesticides at the fields in Ramat Hanegev Monday March 11 2013. as a new swarm of locusts hit the Ramat Hanegev region. Israel has experienced several minor locust infestations in recent days as small groups break off from an enormous swarm in the Giza region of Egypt.
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Small swarms of locusts have invaded Israel, and some of the pests were sighted as far north as the Golan Heights on Monday, but their small numbers will prevent them from creating any measurable damage, at least for the time being.

The timing of last week’s widespread locust attack in Egypt was perfect for recalling the eighth plague that struck ancient Egypt before the Exodus of the Jews, which will be celebrated in two weeks.

However, any moral messages to be learned from their appearance in Israel cannot be based on damage. Spraying has more or less prevented any danger to crops, although Agriculture Ministry officials warn that expected hot weather and winds from the south could create a danger that massive hordes of locusts could move into Israel and swoop down on farms for a pre-Passover feast.

The locusts are like isolated tourists and also are a tourist site for curious Israelis.

One hiker told the Jewish Press that while walking in the central Negev, south of Be’er Sheva, to enjoy strolling amid a multitude of flowers after heavy winter rains, he found a dead locust under a rock, providing a novel photograph.

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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2 Responses to “Locusts Invade Israel but More of a Tourist Site than a Plague”

  1. It’s the end o the world!!!!! Aaaeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!

  2. The locusts are probably more kosher than the tourists! LOL

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