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The Negev Will Become Home For Jews Fleeing Antisemitism

Israel must prepare for a new Exodus, welcoming a million Jews fleeing anti-Semitism from Europe and the U.S., by making the Negev bloom again.


new negev desert
A Vision of A New Negev Desert

"Why aren't we talking about the unprecedented surge in anti-Semitism in the Western world?" This should be the rallying cry across media platforms, yet the silence is not just deafening—it's complicit. In recent weeks, following the war, a noticeable rise in anti-Semitic incidents has been observed, particularly in Europe and the United States. We all saw the Hamas encampments in campuses across the US and the protests that are 100% in support of Hamas, no ceasefire calls like before - but for Hamas to finish off Israel. Universities, once bastions of intellectual freedom and diversity, are now hotbeds of anti-Israeli sentiment, where Jewish students often feel threatened and isolated.


This surge in hostility comes at a time when Israel stands as the sole democratic bastion in a region riddled with turmoil and authoritarianism. Yet, the world watches in muted silence or, worse, veiled approval. It's evident in the lackluster response from international bodies and leaders who only offer tepid condemnations when Jewish communities are targeted. This isn't just a failure of leadership; it's a moral collapse.


Given the current climate of rising anti-Semitism, there's a burgeoning need for a practical, robust plan to accommodate potentially a million Jews who may soon feel compelled to leave Europe and the United States. The Negev, the largest region in Israel, stands as the prime candidate for this purpose.



The negev desert in southern Israel
The Negev Desert in Southern Israel (courtesy)


The Negev is more than just a desert—it's a symbol of Jewish pioneering spirit. As stated in Isaiah 35:1, "The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom." This vision has driven the transformation of the Negev in the past and must be reignited with even greater fervor today.


The Israeli government, along with international Jewish organizations, must initiate comprehensive plans to develop the Negev into a welcoming homeland for those escaping anti-Semitism. Infrastructure, housing, education, and employment opportunities must be significantly enhanced to support this potential influx. This initiative will not only bolster Israel's demographic and strategic posture but will also stand as a stark reminder of the nation's commitment to being a safe haven for Jews worldwide.


Inhabiting the Negev is crucial not only for the future security of Israel but also for fulfilling a long-standing vision of turning this desert into a thriving community. The Negev represents untapped potential, a land that has been cherished since biblical times. Strategically, developing the Negev strengthens Israel’s southern front, enhancing national security in a region that faces constant threats. Economically, it presents an opportunity to innovate, creating new jobs, fostering technological advancements, and supporting sustainable living. Spiritually, inhabiting the Negev aligns with the prophetic promise of making the desert bloom, reinforcing a sense of purpose and destiny. By settling the Negev, Israel reinforces its sovereignty, showcases its ingenuity, and demonstrates its unwavering commitment to turning challenges into triumphs.




Israel's Prime Minister Ben Gurion
David Ben Gurion, Israel's First Prime Minister, set example and moved to Sde Boker in the Negev (Wikimedia)

Moreover, the international community, particularly leaders in the West, must wake up and address the roots of this new wave of anti-Semitism. It is not enough to condemn; actions speak louder than words. Legislation that specifically targets hate crimes, educational programs to combat ignorance and bigotry, and more substantial support for Jewish communities are immediate necessities.


To the Jewish communities in Europe and the United States feeling the weight of this historic hatred, know this: Israel is ready to welcome you with open arms. To the global community: the time for silence and half-measures is over. The resurgence of such blatant anti-Semitism must be met with unwavering resolve and action.


The Negev awaits, ready to bloom once more, as a beacon of hope and resilience. Let us move forward with determination and faith, ensuring that every Jewish person knows they have a homeland ready to receive them. This isn't just about survival—it's about thriving in the face of adversity and standing strong in the values we hold dear. Let's not wait for the situation to worsen. The time to act is now, to ensure the safety and prosperity of Jewish life in the homeland.


In these trying times, let us draw inspiration from our rich history and unwavering spirit. The Negev did not bloom by chance; it bloomed because of the hard work and vision of the Israeli people. Now, more than ever, we must rally together to repeat and surpass the achievements of our ancestors. This is our call to action. Let's answer it with the courage and commitment that has always defined us.

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Gast
10 mei

I stand with Israel, God bless Israel and grant you peace

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Gast
10 mei

I have been learning about Israel and the history and I am fascinated by it all! These people are amazing and I have no doubt that this People will accomplish what they set out to do, as Yhvh is their strength!!!

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Gast
10 mei

Thank you Hananya for bringing this up. Love it! The Negev development towns was the topic of an independent study I did with Yehuda Gradus while at BGU many years ago. Remain in God. Love you!

Sean

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Gast
09 mei

Haha. What a hypocrite Hananya Naftali. Coming to Israel? New Exodus to Israel from North America? This is not former Soviet Union and American Jews are not going to repatriate to Israel. We saw a huge exodus of Soviet Jews from USSR in the late 80s and early 90s. Your parents clown Hananya came from former USSR. Every fourth or fifth soviet Jew left Israel. We heard in the early 90s that Israeli government were planning to develop Negev, and more and more Jews would be going to repatriate to Israel. But nothing happened. Today Israeli government is a corrupted government. Do you want Ben-Gvir, Smotrich or Deri to develop Negev? We have one million Israelis living in the USA alone.…

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Gast
09 mei

May the Almighty God be with Jews !🙏🙏🙏❤❤❤

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