Ir Ovot

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Ir Ovot (, lit. City of Oboth), was an agricultural cooperative (kibbutz) in Israel, located in the northeastern Negev's Arava region, It is now a private settlement belonging to the Pearlmutter family and with them there are now a group of German immigrants, a crocodile farm, and the site of an extensive archaeological complex known as Tamar Fortress or Hatzeva Fortress (מצודת חצבה) which dates to the 10th century BCE's United Monarchy/First Temple period it is kept by a non profit organization Blossoming Rose.

Geography

Ir Ovot is situated around south of the Dead Sea and southeast of Dimona in the Arabah valley, an arid plain located below the Negev plateau and south of the Jordan Rift Valley within the larger Great Rift Valley. The settlement abuts the Ein Hatzeva bloc of agricultural villages on the opposite side of Highway 90 near the Jordanian border, and is within the boundaries of the Tamar Regional Council.<!--During the period of its governmentally recognised existence as a Kibbutz, its official population was thirty, and it was the smallest community in Israel. pending source-->

History

Originally the site of the Ein Husub police station during the British Mandate of Palestine, the location was captured by the Israel Defense Forces in 1948. The village of Ir Ovot was founded in 1967, in an area deserted apart from a small military base and roadside cafe on the way to Eilat. It was founded by a group of American Jews led by former law student...
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