The southern Negev was designated to be part of the Jewish State in 1947. The name uvda is Hebrew for "fact", referring to the operation's objective to establish de facto Israeli sovereignty over the territory in question, rather than actually conquer it. As such, the Israeli forces did not meet significant resistance on their way. The region claimed during this operations is now referred to as Ovda.
The Uvda Valley is located west of and high above the main Arava Valley road linking the Dead Sea with Eilat.
The ridge of Ma’aleh Shacharut affords a magnificent view of the Arava Valley and across to the mountains of Edom in Jordan where Petra is located at the distance about 60 km from airport Uvda and 25 km from the Route #90 leading to the Dead Sea.
You can watch my high resolution photo of Uvda on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 29° 59' 6.44" N 34° 56' 12.41" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Negev desert.
Ovda (Uvda/Ouvda) is a new airbase built by the United States for Israel according to the agreement which called for the phased withdrawal of all Israeli troops for the Sinai by 1982.
Located north west of Eilat, in the southern Negev region near the Jordanian border, it opened 1981. The facility consists of two parallel runways, 2,600 meters and 3,000 meters long.
Nowadays, the airport also serves as the destination for many commercial flights to Eilat, especially for large planes, although it is still owned by the air force. The airport is expected to cease civilian operations by 2010 when Eilat's new international airport should become operational.
The runway at Ovda also allows long range flights to take off for any European destination without the need to refuel.
You can watch my 4 min 15 sec HD Video Israel Uvda - Dead Sea part 1 out of my Youtube channel with Heaven on their minds out of Jesus Christ Superstar.
You can watch my high resolution photo of Uvda on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 29° 57' 6.75" N 34° 56' 5.34" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Airport Uvda - Welcome to Israel!.
Favorite thing: One of the things that is great about Israel is the mixture of cultures, with people showing up from all over the world, in my mind it is a great place to raise a child, to teach them that just because a person comes from a different country and culture does not make them a stranger, just a friend you have not met yet. This photo shows my daughter (Now in 2008 is a soldier serving her two year mandatory duty) with two of her friends from her base.
Fondest memory: Meet Galit, Tal, Nofar and Danielle. Tal is our 13, now 14 year old daughter and these ares some of her friends from class. They decided to get dressed up and go "shopping". To me it looks like they were going boy shopping !!
Meet Tal and her friend Anna....
Anna came to help us paint the house.
Now you know that when you paint you should check to see the color of the paint BEFORE you paint the wall. I did not have a palate to use or anything handy, so I used the closest surface that I could find to "test" the paint.
What do you think?? Color okay ^O^
Favorite thing: Meet Dr. Eli Zalstien. He is Tals heart doctor and has helped us bring Tal to the age she is in good condition. You sometimes speak of people being "good" doctors, well Dr. Eli is not a good doctor, he is a FANTASTIC doctor, one of those people who takes each patient into his heart. Saying thank you to him for the help he has given and support he has lent is not enough. I think it is enough to say that even when Tal had to undergo heart surgery, she felt comfortable with Dr. Zalstien and that says a lot.
Meet David and Inbal.
David is a new immigrant from the US and we have semi adopted him into our family. He spends most of his free time with us and Tal (our daughter) calls him "brother" and introduces him as her brother.
Inbal is Israeli from a family of Yeminite and Dutch parents.
Meet Estar and David.
Now you may ask how you make mixed couples, well here is how it goes. Estar is the daughter of our friends Arie&Laya and David is our adopted son from WUJS. We told David come with us for dinner to Arie & Laya. Nuff said.
Estar is Israeli (of Bulgarian and Turkish roots) and David is American and a new immigrant to Israel.
Favorite thing: Meet Hanni and Geza. Hanni is a "Black Hebrew", a group of Jewish Black Americans who believe they are one of the lost tribes of Israel and have moved to Israel. Now Geza is the son of Yossef and Ildico (remember from Hungary).
Could not find a place to put these pictures, but they give you an idea of the "face" of Israel.
First of all, there is US, Zohara an Israeli of Romanian roots, Martin (thats me if you didn't know, an American of Italian roots) and Tal (an Israeli, born in America, with two nationalities on paper, but what is an American/Israeli/Romanian/Italian supposed to be called ??)
Favorite thing: We tried some "fancy" things and Orlie liked this one of her so I have included it at her request, so here it is Orlie, hope you like it.
Favorite thing: Meet Tal and her two friends, Orlie and Saphir. They decided to do a "photo shoot" one day and this was one of the photos that we all liked.
We choose this hotel for a 2 nights stay in Eilat and it turned out that this was a very good...more
Mobile Post Dead Sea, Arad, 86910, Israel
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Families
Nahal Nikrot 4, Mizpe Ramon, 80600, Israel
Good for: Couples