(Israel National News) After years of producing bug-free lettuce and other vegetables for Jewish farmers, the sands of Gaza have reverted to their old ways. PA farmers report failure in keeping the bugs away.
It's coincidence, it's skill, they just didn't know what they were doing while the Jews did, the places must have been damaged...
the PA - with international help - has managed to activate three-fourths...the PA workers complain that their wages from their compatriots and brethren are significantly lower now than what they received from the Israelis.
Hmm, same sites, same workers...
The Jews who first arrived in Gaza some 30 years ago were repeatedly told by the Arabs who welcomed them that the land was "cursed" and that they would never succeed agriculturally...
"It is difficult for me to believe that this obviously blessed area is the very same area that our Moslem neighbors called the ‘cursed land’ of El G’erara. They have told me that nobody lived in this area from the time that the last Jews left because there was not enough rain, and nothing could grow properly. They were happy when the Jews returned because the rain started again, and the land began to produce."
Blessings? Nah, must be technique, yeah that's it, technique...
Israel's Defense Ministry sources told Huberman that the Palestinian Authority farmers were unable to develop the techniques necessary for bug-free produce.
Some of the original Israeli greenhouses were damaged or destroyed by Arabs immediately after Israel withdrew, but the PA was able to rebuild them. As of now, the only crop the Arabs are raising successfully is strawberry.
G-d does not stand up and wave hello. That would destroy freedom of choice. But sometimes circumstances are such that G-d's presence in the world can be seen, and instead to avoid it you have to spend significant time and effort to explain it away. Can it be explained away, of course, otherwise you wouldn't have a choice.
And it will be, if you will diligently obey My commandments which I enjoin upon you this day...I will give you rain for your land at the proper time...and you will gather in your grain, your wine and your oil. And I will give grass in your fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be sated.
Farmers in Gush Katif were considered among Israel's most successful; their total annual exports totaled $100 million, or 15% of Israel's agricultural exports. Of Israel's exports abroad, Gush Katif exported to Europe 95% of the bug-free lettuce and greens, 70% of the organic vegetables, 60% of the cherry tomatoes, and 60% of the geraniums. Israel's largest plant nursery was in the Gush Katif community of Atzmonah. Other Katif produce included spices, green, red and yellow peppers, celery and more.
(Full article here.)
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
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