June 8, 2010 |
Israel is referred to repeatedly in the Bible — 17 times, in fact — as the "land of milk and honey," but until three years ago, archaeologists had discovered little firm evidence that beekeeping was ever practiced there. Many scholars, in fact, assumed "honey" referred to a nectar from dates or other fruits. Then, three years ago, researchers found a 3,000-year-old apiary in the Iron Age city of Tel Rehov in the Jordan Valley, the oldest known commercial beekeeping facility in the world, suggesting that the word "honey" likely referred to the real thing.
September 26, 1987
Jeff Foster, 20, a Boise State basketball player from Salinas, Calif., was killed in a traffic accident east of Jordan Valley, Ore., near the Idaho border.
October 3, 1995 |
Dozens of Jewish settlers broke through Israeli army barricades and waded across the Jordan River into Jordan on Monday to protest increasing Palestinian autonomy in the West Bank. Two Jordanian army officers arrived at the rocky riverbank but did not interfere. Soaked demonstrators surrounded the officers and shook their hands.
June 29, 1987
Syria, aided by the Soviet Union, appears to be engaged in a major project to divert the waters of the Yarmuk River, threatening Jordan's main farming area, Israeli Agriculture Minister Arye Nehemkin said. "If reports . . . are correct, the project poses a grave threat to Jordan because all the agriculture on the Jordanian side of the Jordan Valley is based on water from the Yarmuk," a tributary of the Jordan River, he said on state radio.
April 23, 1989 |
Political pressure mounted Saturday on King Hussein to dismiss his government and delay further IMF-mandated economic reforms following four days of bloody rioting over price increases. Although the capital has been relatively unaffected by the unrest, several thousand heavily armed troops remained deployed throughout Salt, 13 miles northwest of Amman, where rioting overnight left at least 21 people injured and caused widespread damage. Apart from a small and peaceful demonstration by university students in Amman, no further protests were reported Saturday, although the situation in Salt, Maan, Karak and several other riot-torn towns remained extremely tense.
June 5, 2011 |
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's recent statement that Israel can't defend itself with borders drawn along pre-1967 lines has been questioned in certain foreign policy circles. These critics have noted that Israel successfully fought two wars, in 1956 and in 1967, while based within those borders. And they have claimed that borders don't matter as much in modern warfare. But Netanyahu is right. The idea that the 1967 line isn't defensible has actually been around for decades. Indeed, the architects of Israel's national security doctrine reached that conclusion soon after the Six-Day War. The main strategic problem that Israel faced at that time was the enormous asymmetry between its small standing army, which needed to be reinforced with a timely reserve mobilization, and the large standing armies of its neighbors, which could form coalitions in times of tension and exploit Israel's narrow geography with overwhelming numbers.