Spotlight on New Projects

This section features the most recent, innovative projects undertaken by KKL-JNF in Israel, with the support of KKL-JNF's Friends and partners worldwide. The special projects featured here promote peaceful coexistence between Israel's many ethnic groups and its natural landscapes.

KKL-JNF Begins Repairing Roads Damaged in Operation Protective Edge

December 2014

KKL-JNF staff in the organization's southern region  are setting out to repair the damage wrought on security-agricultural roads in the Western Negev during Operation Protective Edge. The roads, which serve residents and military patrols, are being repaired in cooperation with the Ministry of Defense and western Negev regional councils.

Laying down the subbase for a new road. Photo: KKL-JNF Photo Archive


Tanks ride along access road. Photo: Yoav Devir

During Operation Protective Edge, missiles fired from Gaza, along with IDF tanks and heavy military vehicles deployed to the Gaza border have badly damaged security-agricultural roads in the Western Negev. These roads, which are built out of the line-of-fire from the Gaza strip, allow military patrols to move freely, enable farmers to access their fields and orchards, help children get to school safely and, if needed, enable easy evacuation.

The local communities affected by the damage include Eshkol, Hof Ashkelon, Sdot Negev, and Sha'ar HaNegev.
The residents of the Gaza border communities have suffered the brunt of the recent war, with the impact still being felt in the operation's aftermath. The agriculture and tourism industries, among others, have been badly affected. 

KKL-JNF, together with its Friends worldwide, is there to help the people of the south repair damaged infrastructure, particularly its roads, just as it did in the wake of Operation Cast Lead in 2008. 

Preschool teacher Batya Holtzman and charges in Kibbutz Erez, which is part of the Shaar HaNegev Regional Council. Photo: Yoav Devir

KKL-JNF has been a major partner in building regional and local roads in outlying areas of the country along with the Israel National Roads Company, the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Agriculture.

In many cases, the security of the inhabitants is directly related to the quality of local roads. Children must have roads that are protected from enemy fire, which in some cases requires building new bypass roads.

In farming communities, the situation may be particularly hazardous, as fields are, in most cases, reached via dirt roads, which can be easily mined or booby-trapped. Paved roads are essential to ensure that farmers reach their agricultural land and return home safely; they protect both property and lives.

These roads have additional value as they enable local and foreign tourists to reach lesser-known agricultural areas, which thereby become potential income-generating sites for the residents in peripheral areas.

KKL-JNF staff have began the work involved in the project, which includes compacting roadbeds, facilitating drainage, evening out the road base with filler materials, and paving the surfaces with asphalt.

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