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Audio: 200 Million Year Old Secrets of the Ramon Crater (Makhtesh)


Jerusalem"s Mayor Nir Barkat has Plans for the City
12/12/2014, 2:55 PM

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 Join Walter on his trips this week around Jerusalem and to an archaeological phenomenon only found in Israel.

Jerusalem’s Mayor Nir Barkat took a group of journalists to the northern neighbourhoods of his City to explain the ‘Masterplan 2000’ and how he intends to build 50,000 housing units to expand Jerusalem to one million inhabitants.                                                                                  

The plans are for both, predominantly Jewish and predominantly Arab areas.  Although Jews and Arabs prefer to live in their own neighbourhoods, the Mayor explained that there is a large amount of integration of the communities and he believes that this is a good thing.  

He is certain that building housing, schools and community centres in Arab areas will improve their quality of life and therefore diminish their sense of neglect which is the cause of demonstrations and riots.  If you think otherwise, please let me know.

Nir Barkat Mayor of Jerusalem

Also:The Ramon Crater in the far south of Israel or Makhtesh as is its correct name because it’s not caused by volcanic eruption, has long been a source of mining for building and other materials, causing almost irreversible damage to the environment.   This has now being halted and this many million year old archaeological phenomenon, only found in Israel, is being restored as best as possible to become a tourist attraction.  

Photo byTHE QUARRIES REHABILITATION FUND

Walter is taking you around the Makhtesh and its natural wonders.







Walter Bingham was born in Germany. Just days before the outbreak of WWII, with the help of a Zionist youth movement he was selected for a place on the ‘Kindertransport’ to Great Britain. Walter saw front line action during the Normandy invasion of Europe and was awarded the Military Medal for ‘Bravery in the Field’. In England Walter also acted in films including several Harry Potter films. On the day of his Aliyah in August 2004 he transferred his programme ‘Walter’s World’ to Israel National Radio as a weekly Magazine programme and it has been running here regularly ever since. Walter is an accomplished public speaker and was a member of a visiting panel of lecturers at schools throughout the UK, where he spoke on events in the Third Reich. He has also spoken at schools in the USA and addressed audiences in Israel.
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