January 4, 1991 |
Israeli Agriculture Minister Rafael Eitan held an emergency meeting Thursday to discuss his country's imperiled water supply after a government report indicated that Israel is on the verge of a critical shortage. Eitan, a former general, announced after the meeting that he would not fire Water Commissioner Tsemah Ishai, although Ishai came under pungent criticism in the report by Israel's state comptroller, Miriam Ben-Porat. But Eitan left no doubt as to the seriousness of the shortage.
May 18, 1988
Israel set up emergency telephone hot lines and readied cropdusting planes to fly into action against a possible plague of locusts, the desert insects feared since biblical times. Officials said dark, cloud-like swarms of locusts were spotted in Egypt's Sinai Desert, and smaller numbers were seen in Jordan and Saudi Arabia. Shifting winds would determine whether the pests would cross into Israel.
March 19, 1988 |
Jericho has long been one of the most peaceful backwaters in this contested land, but it was in the front lines Friday--in the latest bizarre skirmish in what Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir has called "a war against the existence of the state of Israel." The tactical objective of the Israeli army was to break a partial commercial strike that has been one of the most successful elements of the 100-day-old Palestinian uprising in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.
November 20, 1990 |
There is probably no public activity in the Holy Land, barring perhaps religious and communal strife, older than the gentle autumn harvest of olives. To hike into the stone-laden valleys and to clamber over the worn terraces to pick the ripening fruit is to travel to an elemental age. Yet, there are details that break the trance. On a recent afternoon in the groves near this ridge-top village, F-16 jets of Israel's air force screamed overhead. A boom box blared news of Saddam Hussein.
June 13, 1988 |
"I've lived here for 30 years," said Carmel Shabbat, secretary of this Israeli agricultural settlement in the Judean hills, "and I've never seen fires like this." In the space of a few hours, wind-whipped flames had destroyed 70% of the settlement's peach orchards, as well as wiping out 1,500 to 2,000 acres of forest nearby. The fires traveled quickly, scorching the yellowing grass into huge black patches on the side of the area's rolling hills.
February 18, 1990 |
While California debates how best to attack a stubborn infestation of the Mediterranean fruit fly, the option of eradication already has bypassed this tropical state and most other agricultural producing regions of the world, forcing farmers to find ways to coexist with the feared pest. In Hawaii, Central America, Israel and elsewhere, the permanent establishment of the Medfly has not meant wholesale destruction of farming.