The triangular southern half of Israel. It extends from Beer-sheva south to the port of Eilat on the Gulf of Aqaba. The Negev is a semidesert tableland from 1,000 to 2,000 feet (300 to 610 meters) above sea level. It has limestone mountains and flatlands and is covered by a layer of fertile loam that must have water to grow crops. The Israelis have farmed part of the Negev by irrigation with water brought through the National Water Carrier from Lake Kin-neret (the Sea of Galilee) through canals and pipelines. They have also mined phosphates and copper. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan (2005) to disengage (see UNILATERAL DISENGAGEMENT [HITNATKUT, TOKHNIT HAHITNATKUT]) from the Gaza Strip and from areas of the northern West Bank included ideas for the significant development of sections of the Negev.

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  • NEGEV — (Heb. בֶגֶנ; from the root בגנ, dry, parched ), an area comprising those southern parts of the Land of Israel which are characterized by a totally arid desert climate, contrasting with the semiarid Mediterranean climate of the country s center… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Negev — prop. n. A desert in Southern Israel. Syn: Negev Desert. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Negev — [neg′eb΄neg′ev΄] region in S Israel of partially reclaimed desert: c. 4,000 sq mi (10,360 sq km): also Négeb [neg′eb΄] …   English World dictionary

  • Negev — For the machine gun made by Israel Weapon Industries, see IMI Negev. The Zin valley as seen from the site of the tomb of David Ben Gurion at Midreshet Ben Gurion. The Negev (also Negeb; Hebrew …   Wikipedia

  • Negev — Wüste Negev Nahal Paran, Negev, Israel …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Negev — /neg ev/, n. a partially reclaimed desert region and district in S Israel, bordering on the Sinai Peninsula. 4700 sq. mi. (12,173 sq. km). Cap.: Beersheba. Also, Negeb /neg eb/. * * * or Ha Negev Desert region, southern Israel. Bounded by the… …   Universalium

  • Negev — IMI Negev Mitrailleuse Negev standard …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Negev — Nẹ|gev [auch: ne:gɛf ], Negeb [auch: ne:gɛp ], der, auch: die; : Wüstenlandschaft im Süden Israels. * * * Nẹgev   der, Nẹgeb, der wüstenhafte Südteil Israels, mit 12 800 km2 fast 60 % des Staatsgebietes. Der Negev bildet einen sich nach Süden… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Negev — También llamado Négev o Neguev (en hebreo נֶגֶב, en árabe النقب, an Naqab), desierto de Asia, situado en la región del Próximo Oriente, al Sur de Israel. En hebreo bíblico, Negev significa Sur. El desierto del Negev ocupa un área de unos 13.000… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Negev — noun a desert in southern Israel • Syn: ↑Negev Desert • Instance Hypernyms: ↑desert • Part Holonyms: ↑Israel, ↑State of Israel, ↑Yisrael, ↑Zion, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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