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April 30, 1982 - Image 7

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1982-04-30

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Detroiter Helps Build Bases
for Israeli Air Force in Negev

By BERNARD MALMUD

(Editor's note: Mala-
mud is chief of the Tech-
nical Branch, Detroit Dis-
trict, U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers. He has just re-
turned from four months
temporary duty in Is-
rael.)
From what was once bar-

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ren wasteland in the Negev
Desert, two complex air
bases, comparable in size to
small cities, are nearing
completion. These are the
highly-sophisticated bases
that the U.S. agreed to con-
struct as part of our com-
mitment to the April 1979
Camp David peace treaty.
• One base at Ramon is lo-
cated just south of
Beersheva. The other,
called Ovda, is north _of
Eilat. These are to replace
the existing Israeli bases in
the Sinai which Israel
abandoned when it turned
over that area to Egypt last
Sunday.
Facilities of this mag-
nitude normally would take
six to seven years to con-
struct. The U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers, using
an innovative method
called "fast-track" is getting
the job done in three years.

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The novel was inspired by plicit call to action in behalf
Force, the U.S. Air Force the ordeals of the unknown of the Russian Jew today,
- ADVANCE BUILDING
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mainly of Portuguese and at ten by Paltiel Kossover, a
Ovda, Thais.
fictional Soviet poet await-
SINCE 1959
The designs for the new ing execution.
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existing sites in the Sinai summer, was reviewed in
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Naturally, since the plans Roth (Aug. 21, 1981, p. 22).
were originally prepared That review stated:
in Hebrew, they had to be
"In 'The Testament,'
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part of the "fast-track" to yet another Jewish
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They asked that the U.S. to Stalin's rage . . . The
contractors meet their per- reader feels the tedium and -
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ing home hungry for work, mud.
the Israelis pressed for and
received some of the con-
struction and material pro-
curement.
The Ramon base is sited
on a mountain range with
much drilling and blasting
required to clear and grade
the area. Much care had to
be taken since this was also
a former artillery range.
Shells, live and duds, were
found during the construc-
tion.
The Ovda base is in the
lower Negev Desert and lies
in a large wadi. A flood con-
trol channel was required to
divert poetntial flash floods.
Both sites are approx-
imately 6,000 acres in area.
Strict religious
standards were main-
tained in construction of
the mess facilities. Two
kitchens, one for meat
and one for dairy, were
built and turned over to
the military.
Living quarters for con-
struction personnel at the
bases consisted generally of
10-person trailers with pri-
vate small bedrooms and
bathrooms and a shared liv-
ing room. Commissary,
mess halls, barber shop,
medical facilities, in addi-
tion to a recreation hall,
The Highland Scots, so the story goes, have laid claim to
baseball diamond, tennis
being
descendents
ofthe Ten Lost Tribes of Israel. Whether they
courts and a swimming pool
really
are
or
not,
we'll
never know But one thing we do know for
allowed for all the comforts
sure is that the first Jews of modem times came to Scotland in the
of home.
In addition to the base
1600's, found it much to their liking, and settled there.
quarters, we also converted
OnCe established, the settlers undoubtedly discovered
the Palace Hotel in Tel Aviv
one of Scotland's most fartious pleasures, 1&B Rare Scotch.
to serve as both living and
office space for government
Carefully blended from a selection of the finest scotches,
and contractor personnel.
J&B has such a smoothness and subtlety that it can truly be
The construction
said to whisper. No wonder it's become the favorite scotch
schedule made the bases
here in America. Serve J&B to your-tribe, clan or-mish-
"operational" by Sunday.
Our objective was to phase
pocha. One delightful sip will see the start of a tradition
construction so as not to
that will never be lost.
have one Israeli fighter
plane out of service for even
one hour during the move to
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