We traveled from Tiberius to Haifa this morning to spend some time with David Silver on Mt Carmel. David is a Jewish New Zealander who with his wife Josie and their two sons made Aliyah in 1991. Both sons haved served in the army both seeing active service in Lebenon conflict of 2006 & Operation cast lead in 2008. David gave us a good perspective of what its like for a NZer to move to and live in the land. It was a valuale time.
We then traveled up the coast to Akko and very ancient port city once the crusder capital of Israel and an important port city in ancient times. The British used the crusader castles as a prision during their madate 1917-1948. Today it is the only well preserved crusader fortress in the middle east. It had such good defence that Napolean could not get in. The oldest part of the city is well under the ground and has been excuvated so we went down to see it all.
We then went on to Rosh hamish the border with Lebenon where our very own NZ 10th engineers built bridges & tunnels in 1942-43 to open the north gate into Israel. Today that way is blocked because of security. we traveled back fairly late to our accomidation in Tiberius enjoying some loud Israeli Messianic music on the CD as we watched the lights of Israel.
It reminds us that we are in a land of modern bilical miracles. The return of the Jews foretold by the prophets is there for all to see.. the population of Israel is nearly 8 million now 1.5 million being Arab & Druze the other 6.5 million are Jewish from 130 nations all speaking one language and building one of the most modern countirs in the world. The Turks cut down all thei trees between 1517 & 1917 and left the land a wilderness of desert and swamps. Today Israel is greening up again and its beautiful here in the north of Israel.