Efrat and Gush Etzion

Went to visit friends in Efrat today – a very different and quicker route on the Jerusalem Gush Etzion highway than the one many years ago – through a couple of tunnels and there we were.

Views of Efrat are here and here.

A drive to Kfar Etzion, and a reminder of the massacre of 1948, the day before Yom Haatzmaut,  when the members of Kfar Etzion were killed after surrendering to the Arab Legion.  From 1948 to 1967, the surviving women and children would strain to see their former land.

A picture of the Shule now at Kfar Etzion is shown

Some current views from the area are here including the “Lone Tree’ which helped the returning people from Kfar Etzion identify the land,  as well as the 2000 year old Roman Milestone from the Road of the Patriachs.  Grapes and winemaking is now an important crop in the area. More described here.

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