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Israel's Top Sights by Drone

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Amazing Aerial Drone View of Israel

Ruslan Paul

Contributor Ruslan Paul created this amazing aerial tour of ancient and modern Israel.  Shot primarily with a drone but intermixed with some carefully edited ground camera footage, the video hits many of the top sights in this Middle Eastern country.  Treat yourself to epic views of the Dead Sea, the Masada hilltop fortress, the Monastery of St. George, Mar Saba Monastery, the Crusader city of  Acre, the modern city of Tel Aviv and its neighbor the ancient port city of Yafo, and finally Jerusalem.

Flying over the Holy Land

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Beautiful Israel by Eyal Asaf

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If you're looking for a reason to visit Israel, this 90 second drone video by contributor Eyalasaf may do the trick.  It opens with a magnificent shot of Yafo, the ancient port city which lies just to the south of Tel Aviv on the Mediterranean.  Then it's on to an crusader fort, monasteries in the Judean Desert, some of the spectacularly green agricultural areas of the country, and the Dead Sea.  Along the way you'll also see some bird's eye views of mountain bikers, kayakers, and even massive wind turbines! 

Morning to Night over Israel

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Israel - From Dawn till Dusk

AirWorks

In this stunning, three-minute video you’ll see Israel from above like you never have before. Shot by pilot AirWorks, he’ll open with shots of wild horses and rolling farming fields, which have increased from 74,000 acres in 1948 to 460,000 acres today. He’ll then move on to the coastline of western Israel along the Mediterranean Sea, highlighting the Old City of Tel Aviv. He’ll also showcase the mountains the are scattered around the country, vineyards, ancient ruins, city skylines and more. 

Israel by Drone

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Fly with Me: Israel

Paul Weiner

Contributor Paul Weiner used a DJI Phantom 2 drone and some ground cameras to create this remarkable portrait of modern Israel.  It was filmed over the course of a 3k km (about 2k mi.) trip covering the length and breadth of this Middle Eastern country.  From the (sometimes) snow-covered mountains of the north, to the Judean desert in the south, to the country's miraculously productive agricultural areas, to the amazing natural phenomenon known as the Dead Sea, you'll get a great look at this fascinating country.  

Dead Sea Vacation

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vacation to the DEAD SEA [4K]

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See the Dead Sea in southern Israel from above in this drone video. Opening with a dronie, pilot haron5544 quickly transitions to a shot highlighting the famous Dead Sea tree. The tree has left many wondering how something could grow in the uninhabitable area, however it was supposedly placed there by a local artist who paddle boards out to it every day to care for it. He’ll then head to the historic surrounding cliffside villages, ending with a top-down shot of the Sea, home to the earth's lowest elevation.  

The Judaean Desert

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Secrets of the Judaean Desert

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The Judean Desert runs parallel to the Dead Sea in the southeastern part of Israel, south of Jerusalem.  It is an area steeped in history, with tremendous historical importance to Judaism, Christianity, and (to a somewhat lesser extent) Islam.  In this video, contributor Rea Burla treats us to spectacular tour of this amazing desert, which includes bird's eye views of St. George’s Monastery in the Wadi Qelt valley, the tomb of Moses, the ancient fortress of Masada (a UNESCO World Heritage site), the Dead Sea, and more.

Jaffa: Ancient Port

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The Port of Jaffa, Israel

Shlomi Znati Photography

Next to the very modern Israel city of Tel Aviv lies the very ancient city of Jaffa, which is known for its port on the Mediterranean Sea.  The port has been used for over 7,000 years – it is said to have been founded by Japheth, the son of the Biblical character Noah. The ancient port city sits in the shadows of the skyscrapers of Tel Aviv that lie just to its north.  Contributor Shlomi Znati uses a drone to give us an epic bird's eye view of this ancient seaport, which also features prominently in Greek mythology.  

The Fortress of Masada

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Israel's Great Masada Fortress

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Masada is an ancient fortification built atop a plateau in the Judean Desert of southern Israel, overlooking the Dead Sea.  During the First Jewish War of the first century AD, Masada was the site of a famous seige by Roman troops following which the Jewish defenders (numbering perhaps a thousand) committed suicide en masse rather than surrender.  Contributor Nelly Volkovich used a drone to create an amazing aerial video of this hallowed mountaintop, which is a UNESCO World Heritage cultural site.  

Haifa's Bahai Gardens

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The Bahai Gardens in Haifa

Gilad J

Haifa is Israel's third largest city and the largest in the northern part of the country.  It is a port city lying on the slopes of Mt. Caramel, the 525 meter (1.7k ft) peak that sits above the city.  Culturally it is best known as the site of the Bahai Gardens, center of the Bahai faith, which grew from roots in Iran in the 1960's to become a worldwide religion. Contributor Gilad J used a drone to create this impressive aerial tour of the magnificent gardens, which has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  

Tel Aviv-Jaffa by Drone

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Tel Aviv-Jaffo, Israel: DJI Inspire 2 Footage

Ruslan Paul

The Tel Aviv-Jaffo urban area on Israel's Mediterranean shore, the second largest city in the country after Jerusalem (and the center of its largest metropolitan area), is a study in contrasts.  Jaffo is an ancient port city with multiple references in the Bible.  Lying a bit to the north of Jaffa, Tel Aviv is a modern city, founded in 1909 by members of the Zionist Movement.  Contributor Ruslan Paul used a DJI Inspire 2 drone to create an amazing aerial tour of the area, with its strikingly different core cities.

Jerusalem: Israel's Capital City

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Above Jerusalem

Moshe Tutian

Jerusalem, Israel is the only city which is central to three world religions: Christianity, Islam, and Judaism.  Inhabited and fought over for millenia, it has a significance far out of proportion to its size.  The city, set in the hills of eastern Israel, on the edge of the Judean Desert, is also one of the most visually appealing cities on Earth.  In this remarkable drone video, you will get a bird's eye perspective of this ancient city, which is the center of the largest metropolitan area in Israel.  

Acre: Ancient Mediterranean City

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Acre, Israel

Ruslan Paul

Contributor Ruslan Paul put together this remarkable video of Acre (Acco), an ancient city on Israel's Mediterranean coastline, between Tel Aviv and Haifa.  Sitting on a site which dates to 3000 BC, the city became a key Christian stronghold during the Third Crusade.  In 1291, the city  was beseiged by forces under control of the Mamluk Sulatanate; despite a desperate last stand by the Knights Templar, it fell after about a month.  The recapture of Acre is considered one of the key events of the Medieval Period.    

Negev Desert: Big Crater

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Daylight: Hike on "Big Crater" in the Negev Desert

Ori Feldman

The desert areas of southern Israel are home to some of the world's most unusual rock formations.  One of these is the HaMakhtesh HaGadol ("Big Crater") in the Negev Desert, near the southern extent of the country.  It's actually not a volcanic crater but rather a makhtesh, a landform which is caused by unusual erosion patterns and which is almost unknown outside of southern Israel and the Sinai Peninsula.  In this video, Ori Feldman used a DJI Mavic Pro drone to create an epic aerial video of a hike on this amazing formation.

The Monastery of Mar Saba

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Mar Saba

Rea_Burla

The Eastern Orthodox Mar Saba Monastery is the largest in Israel's Judaean Desert, which lies to the south and west of the capital city Jerusalam. Mar Saba is named after Saint Sabas, the monk who established the monastery in the 5th century. It was built along the cliffs of the Kidron Creek protecting it from harm. The monastery is currently home to about 20 monks.  Seen here in this drone video by content creator and pilot Rea_Burla, Mar Saba is located roughly halfway between Jerusalem and the Dead Sea.

Salt Mining Camp in the Judean Desert

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Sodom: Abandoned Salt Mining Camp in Israel

Salt is not only one of the world's most basic commodities, it was also amongst the first to be intensively mined.  In earlier times it was essential for food preservation, and access to steady supply was crucial to obtaining adequate nutrition.  In this video, contributor and drone pilot BK Spector flew a drone over an ancient salt mine in Israel.  It's part of Mt. Sodom, a mountain in Israel's Judean Desert.  The mountain is 80% salt by composition, and was a key source of the commodity in Biblical times. 

Ashdod: City of Southern Israel

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Phantom 4 Above Israel | Ashdod | Cinematic

Phantom 4 Israel

Ashdod is the sixth largest city in Israel.  It's situated roughly a half hour drive south of Tel Aviv, a similar distance north of Ashkelon, and roughly twice that distance west of the capital city of Jerusalem.  Dating to the Bronze Age, there are several references to the city in the Bible's Old Testament.  Today, it's known primarily for its port, which is the country's largest by shipping volume.  Contributor Phantom 4 Israel used a DJI Phantom 4 drone to create this mini-aerial tour of this important port city.  

Aerial Collage of Israel

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Israel Rising

Contributor B.K. Spector put together this amazing aerial tour of modern Israel.  It weaves together some familiar sites (albeit from a new perspective), such as Jerusalem, the Judean Desert, the Mediterranean beaches of Tel Aviv, and sites of ancient ruins.  It also has features footage which is much more "off the beaten path", such as  some epic 4x4 action in the desert, parasailing in the Mediterranean, and some of the construction activity which is continually reshaping the Israeli landscape. 

The Dead Sea

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The Real Face of the Dead Sea - 4K

David Choukroun

Israel's Dead Sea, which sits in the eastern part of the country south of Jerusalem in the Judean Desert, is known for many superlatives, including being the lowest point on Earth (430 meters, or about 1.4k ft. below sea level) and the deepest hypersaline body of water.  Content creator and pilot David Choukroun uses a drone to advance the case that this inland sea is also one of the most beautiful places in the world.   Seeing this amazing bit of geology from a bird's eye view, you may agree with him.   

Negev Desert: Eilat Mountains

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Israel's Eilat Mountains: Pure Geology

Iyad M. swaed

Check out this amazing drone video from the southern tip of Israel, courtesy of content creator and pilot lyad M. swaed. The Eilat Mountains are a chain which covers a portion of the Negev Desert.  The mountains derive their name from their proximity to Eilat, the ancient port town (now also resort town) on the Red Sea.  The highest peak in the mountains is Mount Hezekiah; it rises to an altitude of just under 900 meters (2.95k ft.) above sea level.  Mount Solomon (also visible) is the second highest peak.  

West Bank: Wadi Perat

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Wadi Perat (Wadi Qelt), Israel

Ruslan Paul

Top contributor and drone pilot Ruslan Paul created this beautiful aerial view of the Wadi Perat (Wadi Qelt) west of Jerusalem, Israel, in the West Bank territory.  It's essentially a series of calleys and ravines created by a stream which originates in Jerusalem and empties into the Jordan River in nearby Jericho.  The area, which was part of Jordan until the Six Day War of 1967, was an important place during the time of Roman occupation and was later the site of some of the first Christian monasteries.

Golan Heights: Rujm el-Hiri Ruins

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Rujm el-Hiri - "stone heap of the wild cat"

AirWorks

Contributor AirWorks created this amazing drone video of Rujm el-Hiri, an important ruins site in northern Israel.  It's a series of concentric stone circles situated in the Golan Heights, an area east of the Sea of Galilee which was annexed by Israel in the 1980's following its capture from Syria in the Six Day War of 1967.   The site is made of over 42,000 stones, with a roughly 5 meter (15 ft.) mound at the center.  The purpose and age of the site are the subject of considerable debate within the worldwide archaelogical community.  

The Mountains of Northern Israel

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DJI Mavic 2 Pro - Israel North 2019

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Check out this stunning drone video of northern Israel, compliments of contributor mrgilchen.  Despite its diminutive size, Israel has an amazingly diverse set of landscapes.  The northern interior parts of the country look almost nothing like its Mediterranean coastline or its desert-covered south.  Rather, northern Israel is a temperate and often well-watered mountainous land.  In the video, shot with a DJI Mavic Pro 2 drone, you'll see this amazing area as it comes to life in the Spring.  

Israel's Fortress of Apollonia

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Apollonia Fort, Israel

Gilad J

Apollonia is a fortress town on Israel's Mediterranean coastline,  a few minutes south of the better-known town of Caesarea.  While the settlement dates to 500 BC, it became a walled city during the initial period of Muslim rule which began in the 7th century.  The town fell to Christian forces in the Second Crusade, but was returned to Muslim control again in 1265 when it fell to a seige of the Mamluks.  After the latter seige, the town's inhabitants were killed or sold into slavery, and it never fully recovered.

Nazareth: Northern Israel

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Nazareth - 4K Aerial Footage

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Nazareth is the largest city in the interior of northern Israel.  Culturally, it is quite distinct from most other Israeli cities: it's roughly 2/3 Muslim and 1/3 Christian, with only a negligible Jewish population.  The city is mentioned frequently in the New Testament as a place where Jesus lived for a time, and as a result Nazareth receives thousands of Christians who visit on pilgrammages every year.  In this video, you'll be able to check out this ancient town from a bird's eye perspective.

Eilat: On the Red Sea

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Eilat City

carmi & yarmi

Check out this drone video of Israel's southernmost city, compliments of contributor Carmi & Yarmi.  Eilat is situated at the very southern tip of the country, bordering the vast Sinai Desert territory which was ceded back to Egypt following the Camp David Accords of the 1970's.  Situated on the Red Sea, Eilat is one of Israel's top beach destinations.  The city is very popular amongst European travelers, who don't mind the summer temperatures frequently exceeding 40 degrees C (over 100 degrees F).  

Mt. Arbel, Lower Galilee

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Mount Arbel

dronturcom

Mount Arbel is a mountain in the Lower Galilee region of northern Israel.  It's peak is 180 meters, or about 600 ft. above sea level but with a base well below sea level its prominence is about double that.  The mountain offers spectacular views of the Sea of Galilee as well as the Golan Heights, the territory captured by Israel from Syria during the Six Day War of 1967 and subsequently annexed.  You can see this beautiful and historic mountain from above in this drone video by dronturcom.  

Negev Desert: HaMakhtesh HaKatan

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HaMakhtesh HaKatan - The small crater

AirWorks

Among the wonders of southern Israel are its makhtesh, a type of geological formation which is thought to be unique to the Negev Desert here.  Makhtesh are essentially valleys surrounded by very steep rock walls, which are formed by a combination of the very unusual rock composition and erosion patterns of the area.  There are three named instances of this phenomenon in the Negev.  In this drone video by content creator and pilot AirWorks, you'll get a bird's eye view of HaMakhtesh HaKatan, the smallest of the three.

60 Second Drone Tour of Israel

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Israel is Magical!

eyalasaf

Contributor eyealasaf created this awesome captioned tour of Israel, taking the viewer all around this important Middle Eastern country.  The video features footage from the following locations: Acre, Ruhama, Jaffa, Ein Gedi, The Dead Sea, the Jezreel Valley, the Golan Heights, the Yehuda Desert, the Masada Fortress, Jerusalem's Ein Karem, Natanya City, Tel aviv's central  and Ramat Gan districts, Nazareth, the Arbel Valley, and the Sea of Gallilee.  All this in 60 seconds! 

Ancient Caesarea

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Césarée

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Check out this drone video of Caesarea (Césarée), a historic town in north-central Israel.  The inheritor of much of the ancient city of Caesarea, it's located about halfway up the Mediterranean coast between Tel-Aviv and Haifa, respectively.  The ancient city was built by the Roman strap king Herod the Great in the first century BC.  Much of the city's land area came under ownership by the Rothschild family during the British Mandate and was turned over to the new State of Israel shortly after independence.  

Lower Galilee: Church of the Transfiguration

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Church of the Transfiguration

AirWorks

Here's a nice aerial view of a famous church in northern Israel, compliments of contributor AirWorks.  It's the Church of the Transfiguration, and it's located on Mt. Tabor in the Lower Galilee region.  The current structure was built in the 1920's, on the site of a Byzantine church from the Antiquity and a later Crusader church built during the Middle Ages.  The significance of the site is, literally, Biblical: it's believed to be the location of the Transfiguration of Christ described in the Gospels.  

Ancient Jaffa

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The Old City of Jaffa

MIAPVIDEOS

Jaffa is a very old port city situated to the south of the very new city of Tel Aviv, Israel. Historic Jaffa is known for its part in many biblical stories as well as its famous oranges. First mentioned in an ancient Egyptian letter, scholars believe the port was built around 1800 BC and possibly considerably earlier. Seen in this aerial video by content creator and drone pilot MIAPVIDEOS, the ancient city walls blend seemlessly with the much more modern city of Tel Aviv, which was founded comparatively recently, in 1909.  

Jaffa, Masada, Dead Sea

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Israel

phildrone

Contributor phildrone created this beautiful video showing some of the highlights of the Holy Land of Israel.  The video opens with a spectacular shot that sums up the blend of old and new that Israel represents: the ancient port city of Jaffa on the Mediterranean is in the foreground, with the skyline of the ultramodern commercial capital Tel Aviv in the background.   After seeing more of Jaffa, the video will take you to southern Israel for some amazing shots of the fortress Masada, the Dead Sea, and more.   

Nabi Musa: Tomb of Moses

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Nabi Musa

Rea_Burla

Top contributor Rea_Burla created this aerial video of Nabi Musa, an important religious and historical site on the West Bank region between Israel and Jordan.  It's called Nabi Musa, and it's of considerable significance in the religions of Islm, Christianity, and Judaism.  Its importance to all three religions stems from a central historical significance: it's believed to be the place where Moses was buried.  It lies astride the Jerusalem-Jericho road, traditionally one of the most important Muslim pilgrimage routes.   

The Harvest in Israel

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Shavuot - Feast of Weeks

AirWorks

Among the wonders of modern Israel is its agricultural sector: this mostly arid land, with a small farm workforce, is able to supply 95% of the food needs of its 7+ million population.   It's been done with a combination of some of the world's most advanced irrigation techniques and a highly mechanized approach to farming.  In this drone video by contributor AirWorks, you'll get a bird's eye view of the Israeli wheat harvest during the Shevuot holiday, which has roots in part as a harvest festival.  

Israel's Largest Amusement Park

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Superland amusement park - Israel's biggest amusement park

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Check out this beautiful drone video of the largest amusement park in Israel, compliments of contributor and pilot guydrory.  Superland is located in the city of Rishon LeZion, Israel's fourth largest city, which is considered to be part of Greater Tel Aviv.  The park, which opened in 1991, has two rollercoasters among about a dozen and a half total rides.  It's especially well known for its Skycoaster bungee-jumping attraction, as well as its large (and recently renovated) Ferris Wheel.  

Arsuf and the Apollonia Fortress

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Apollonia-Arsuf beach

AirWorks

Check out this stunning drone video from a historical spot on the coastline of Israel, compliments of AirWorks.  It was filmed in the area around the town of Arsuf on the country's Mediterranean coastline,  a few minutes south of Caesarea.  The video features extensive footage of the ruined Fortress of Apollonia, built atop a cliff overlooking the sea.  The fortress played an important role in the Second and Third Crusades, but was captured by the Mamluks in the 13th century and soon destroyed.

Tel Aviv-Jaffa and the Judean Desert

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Israël from the sky

phidrone

Here's a beautiful drone's eye tour of the Middle Eastern nation of Israel, compliments of phidrone.  It opens with a brilliant shot of Israel's "twin cities" on the Mediterranean coast: the ultramodern Tel Aviv is on the left and the ancient port of Jaffa on the right.  Most of the rest of the video is focused on the Judean Desert, which lies in the southern part of the country.  Here's you'll see some amazing shots of the Dead Sea and the Masada fortress, among other top attractions in this Middle Eastern country.   

Israel Highlights by Drone

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ABOVE ISRAEL

Moshe Tutian

Here's a well-captioned drone video of some of the top sights in Israel.  It includes footage of the capital city Jerusalem, the ultra-modern skyscrapers of the commercial and financial capital of Tel Aviv and its "twin" city the port of Jaffa, the Red Sea resort town of Eilat, the Latrun Monastery, and more.  Along the way, you'll even see some shots of waterskiing and surfing in the Mediterranean, which runs the length of the country and is its western boundary.  Prepare to be amazed by the astounding beauty of the Holy Land.  

2018 Israel Compilation

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Israel Drone Compilation 2018

Arik Danino

Arik Danino curated his best footage he took from across Israel with his DJI Mavic Pro to create this captivating mini-tour of the Holy Land.  The video nicely captures the essence of this small but highly important Middle Eastern country.  Watch it and you will appreciate the stunning diversity packed into such a tiny country - from ancient sculptures in the southern Judean desert, to hundreds of solar panels and shipping containers of industry, winding roads forests of trees and historic ruins.

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