Posts Tagged ‘Arad’
The Palestinian Authority is claiming that Israel has no right to use an oil reservoir near the Dead Sea, according to a report posted late Monday night (May 2) on Twitter by Arab affairs journalist Khaled Abu Toameh. The Palestinian Authority claims the area is “under Palestinian sovereignty according to international law.”
Frankly, the argument is total hogwash. The site isn’t even anywhere near the 1949 Armistice Line, also known as the infamous “Green Line.”
The reservoir, worth $321 million, is within the Hatrurim oil and gas exploration license in the Dead Sea area. A report quoted by the Globes business news site states with 100 percent geological certainty that the reservoir could contain between 7 and 11 million barrels of oil.
It is located on a ridge high above the southwestern end of the Dead Sea, in an area called Tzuk Tamrur. The site is not far from the northern Negev city of Arad, which is perched atop the highest ridge that overlooks the southernmost section of the Dead Sea. Tzuk Tamrur is situated halfway down the road that winds down from Arad to Ein Bokek, the area in which all the luxury hotels are located along the southern Israeli shore of the Dead Sea.
The Hatrurim Formation or Mottled Zone is a 36 sq. mile geologic formation with outcrops all around the Dead Sea Basin, including the Negev Desert, the Judaean Desert, and western Jordan. It includes impure limestone along with coal-bearing chalk and marl. The rocks have been subjected to pyrometamorphism resulting from combustion of contained or underlying coal or hydrocarbon deposits. The formation is named for exposures in the Hatrurim Basin which lies west of the Dead Sea.
In 1995 Israel’s Delek Group Ltd. discovered oil after carrying out an initial drilling in the area to a depth of two kilometers. But the firm decided not to pursue further exploration because the price of oil at the time was not high enough to justify the cost of development.
Last December, the Israel Opportunity Energy Resources LP was awarded a 25 percent share in the license along with two other Israeli partners. An Israeli geologist also received a share in the license, as did a firm from Cyprus.Hana Levi Julian
Two completely different people, albeit both “Aradniks,” both turned up at the International Tourism Expo in Tel Aviv last week.
Arad Mayor Nisan Ben Hamo personally led a team at the Arad booth in promoting his city as an attractive tourist destination with “magic in the air,” as the city slogan says. Arad has long been renowned for its excellent air quality; it’s the place where doctors in Israel have always sent children and adults with asthma and other breathing difficulties.
The city is located on a ridge overlooking the southernmost tip of the Dead Sea at approximately the same elevation as Jerusalem, so its air is crisp, but dry with a Negev breeze. Because it is farther south, however, the temperature is warmer. Tourists often have to be reminded to drink due to the breeze and the dry heat, which does not register as much.
Also at the Expo were Dead Sea Chabad emissary Rabbi Shimon Elharar and Associate emissary Rabbi Tzachi Francis, promoting their project, the Masada Experience.
For several years Elharar has performed Bar and Bat Mitzvah ceremonies atop the windswept fortress of Masada. Francis – who has also been a professional actor – also participates as “The Ancient Rabbi of Masada” for the young honoree and family.
“It’s amazing that the mayor would be so dedicated that he would come to an expo to answer questions and advocate for his city,” Elharar told JewishPress.com. “I was impressed. He came to our booth and it really added to our traffic!
“People came by to make a “l’chaim” with Mayor Ben Hamo in honor of Rosh Hodesh Adar (the first day of the Hebrew month of Adar) – it really created a festive atmosphere, and set the stage for the upcoming holiday of Purim,” he said.
More than 25,000 people turned out for the Expo, held Feb. 9-10.Hana Levi Julian
Arabs attacked a southern Israeli bus traveling Thursday night from Arad to Be’er Sheva along Highway 31.
The unidentified attackers hurled rocks at the bus, breaking the windshield and injuring a 60-year-old man.
Israel Police launched a search to hunt for the terrorists. Numerous “unrecognized” Bedouin encampments and small villages are located among the hills that run alongside Highway 31 between Arad and Be’er Sheva, as well as three “recognized” Bedouin towns.
No arrests have yet been made.Jewish Press News Briefs
The 388 bus line from BeerSheva to Arad was attacked by rock throwing Arabs near Arad Thursday evening. Windows of the bus were smashed, some passengers sitting near the smashed window suffered minor injuries.Jewish Press News Briefs
The city of Arad activated its emergency wartime and disaster host family list Wednesday morning.
The program goes into action whenever individuals and families in other parts of the country need respite and a safe place to stay. The last time program coordinators made calls to the list was during Operation Pillar of Defense, when families from communities targeted by rocket fire were welcomed into local homes throughout Arad.
The city is located in the northeastern corner of the Negev, high above the southernmost tip of the Dead Sea. Founded in the 1960s as a development town, Arad is not considered a target for missile-launching terrorists, since the city is very small and its location is remote.Hana Levi Julian
Residents of southern Israel – particularly those living in the periphery communities in the Negev – will no longer have the option of taking the train to and from the airport after 11:00 p.m.
A spokesperson for Israel Railways told The Jewish Press on Thursday morning the service just didn’t pay for itself. “The government and the railway company made the decision together,” said the spokesperson, who added the figures totaled only an average of five or six riders per night on the line. “It wasn’t cost effective.”
Instead, it was decided the Metropoline Bus Service will take over the route, she said. Bus #469 will begin at the Arlozorov station in Tel Aviv and then make a stop at the airport, travel to Kiryat Gat and then go to the central bus station in Be’er Sheva.
That’s a solution for folks who live in the city of Be’er Sheva itself, perhaps – but what about those who live in the small periphery towns where bus service doesn’t exist overnight?
“Tough luck, baby,” said one consumer. “We’re stuck with paying hundreds of shekels for travel after 11 pm, just like we always have – and that after first spending hours traveling to the other cities just to get a little closer. Instead of paying NIS 600 to get home, I end up paying NIS 300 from Be’er Sheva, but spend three more hours after a 12-hour flight and another hour or more in baggage claims. Forget it.”
The Negev region comprises 60 percent of the nation’s land mass – but its travel network has yet to be developed to the point that even half of its communities have any access to railway service at all.
When asked why there is still no railway branch route to Arad, for example — while Dimona, a city of similar size and population, has had one for several years – the spokesperson for Israel Railways could not find a reason. Arad, a ‘clean air’ resort town located about 45 minutes east of Be’er Sheva and 25 minutes west of the Dead Sea, is in the midst of a major development boom due to the expansion of Route 31, which runs between the two points.
The Nevatim air base is located near Route 31 – described in Hebrew media as ‘death road’ due to the high number of motor vehicle fatalities that have occurred along the highway — as is the Nahal army base at Tel Arad.Jewish Press News Briefs