Tuesday, May 15, 2012


There is a 360 degree view from this viewpoint.

To the north can be seen:
Galilee hills
Har Moreh
Har Tavor

To the left Nazareth and further left Migdal Haemek.
The Yarden Star Crusader fort.
In the middle is the hills is a dip where the Yarmuch River runs.
To the right (east) Jordan, including the town Irbid, and Beit Shean.
To the south west there is Faqwa and Jenin.
To the west the Carmel range can be seen.

This is a good place to show tourists the total width of Israel. It takes 3 minutes to
fly across the country.

On this hill there is also an ancient grape press (gat). Pressing of grapes was
done barefoot because if shoes had been worn, they would have also crushed the
pips, which would have made the juice bitter.


There is a magnificent view from this hill.

Below are Kibbutz Hefzi-Ba and Kibbutz Beit Alfa, and their fish ponds can be
seen. There is also Shata prison.

All the trees on the Gilboa range were planted by KKL. There is no natural tree
growth. After Passover “Wheat Art” is made with a tractor in the fields below and
can be seen from this viewpoint.

The battle of Samuel against the Philistines took place below. This is where he
and his sons were killed.

1 Samuel 31

Saul Takes His Life

 1 Now the Philistines fought against Israel; the Israelites fled before them, and
many fell dead on Mount Gilboa. 2 The Philistines were in hot pursuit of Saul and his
sons, and they killed his sons Jonathan, Abinadab and Malki-Shua. 3 The fighting
grew fierce around Saul, and when the archers overtook him, they wounded him

 4 Saul said to his armor-bearer, “Draw your sword and run me through, or these
uncircumcised fellows will come and run me through and abuse me.”

   But his armor-bearer was terrified and would not do it; so Saul took his own sword
and fell on it. 5 When the armor-bearer saw that Saul was dead, he too fell on his
sword and died with him. 6 So Saul and his three sons and his armor-bearer and all
his men died together that same day.

 7 When the Israelites along the valley and those across the Jordan saw that the
Israelite army had fled and that Saul and his sons had died, they abandoned their
towns and fled. And the Philistines came and occupied them.

 8 The next day, when the Philistines came to strip the dead, they found Saul and
his three sons fallen on Mount Gilboa. 9 They cut off his head and stripped off his
armor, and they sent messengers throughout the land of the Philistines to proclaim
the news in the temple of their idols and among their people. 10 They put his armor in
the temple of the Ashtoreths and fastened his body to the wall of Beth Shan.

 11 When the people of Jabesh Gilead heard what the Philistines had done to Saul, 12
all their valiant men marched through the night to Beth Shan. They took down the
bodies of Saul and his sons from the wall of Beth Shan and went to Jabesh, where
they burned them. 13 Then they took their bones and buried them under a tamarisk
tree at Jabesh, and they fasted seven days.

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