It is nice to have my computer back, up and running, so I may update my blog.
Israel is a land of natural beauty and it is developed in an affluent and modern way. Israel is also an eclectic melting pot of peoples from all corners of the earth. Israel relies on its most precious resource, its own people, to develop economically.
The high levels of human capital in Israel are among the highest in the world. I strongly believe and predict that in the coming decades, Israel will not be wiped off the map and that Israel will grow into one of the world’s wealthiest countries. I also believe that one day Tel Aviv will grow into one of the world’s top 10 most expensive cities.
Israel may perhaps always be in a hostile, uncooperative and dysfunctional region. Israel is also perhaps on the best real estate in the region:
The above places are: Ein Gedi, Ein Avdat, Nahariyah, Acco, Tel Aviv, Mitzpe Ramon.
Nahariyah is Israel’s Northern most city and has the most brilliant shining sea I have ever seen. Nahariyah is the least developed and the least modern and sophisticated. Nahariyah is a sleepy poor town that is off the tourist radar, but is locally known. I believe Nahariyah can one day be successfully developed into a premier resort town.
There are no good hotels in Nahariyah, so I had to stay in Acco and train in from there. Acco is a historic port town that is famous for Al-Jazzar, the Turkish tyrant who kept Napoleon out of Acco. This is a rare example of one of Napoleon’s only defeats. Al-Jazzar was a ruthless thug, a petty tyrant, was feared as well as loved, and built a “bath house” to store his collection of beautiful female sex slaves/prisoners. He also hired a Jewish handler to help him build the old city of Acco, which is now a tourist attraction.
The old city of Acco is not one of the great pieces of world architecture or even Middle Eastern architecture. It has some relevance for existing and having the value that being in an old historical place has. Acco always had some relevance as a trading port town, but was never exceptional or noteworthy in the way that Venice or Alexandria once were. It is being developed as a tourist destination and has several hostels and hotels that are among the least glamorous in the country. Acco is Arab-majority and seems to take pride in its Turkish past but horror in its Jewish present. The bazaars in the old city smell like fish and have narrow cobble roads that are not large enough for its current population.
I do not believe Acco will ever grow into anything more than what it currently is. It is liked someone rubbed salt in the dirt and now nothing will ever grow beyond what is already there. Generally, I do believe the Arabs owned their status as being the lower classes in Israeli society due to their lack of tending or caring for the land. In fact, the tour of the old Turkish bath house is something that the Jews of the region developed into a tourist attraction.
Mitzpe Ramon is one of Israel’s recent success stories. Originally a backwater on the way to Eilat, Mitzpe Ramon is now developing into Israel’s hottest tourist destination. I believe that is how the value of locations change over time: one place develops as the “in” part of town, and then somewhere next door, develops more aggressively and becomes the rival for the “in” place and eventually takes its title of “in” place.
Eilat was originally developed as a tourist attractions for Israelis and foreigners, with a special emphasis on being family-friendly and fun. Ramon was just a stop along the highway to Eilat, until developers had a vision to turn into the hot new tourist destination.
The crater in Mitzpe Ramon was caused by an ocean once existing there, and then slowing receding away. The erosion caused by the long process of the ocean’s eventual disappearance created a crater with interesting color formations. The crater was one of those places that was just there and off the radar. Hotel Beresheet had the idea to build Israel’s best hotel right above the crater and has been highly successful at doing so:
I love traveling to the places I love more than once. That way, you really get to know the place and discover more things to love about the place. I was so happy my second time around in Israel because I got to go off the beaten path and got to explore places beyond what the average birth righter gets to experience. I hope to have a third chance to see Israel.