I believe Sde Boker, the kibbutz that was home to David Ben Gurion, is likely to see a significant rise in tourism shortly. Ynet (Yediot Aharonot’s website) reports that Ben Gurion’s gravesite is a popular destination for losing one’s virginity.

It appears his grandson, Yariv Ben Eliezer, approves:

“If the information is true, I think it’s great. I’m happy that years after my grandfather died, he continues to inspire our youth and still gives the country an erection.”

“But I wouldn’t have thought a cold, hard stone was the best place to have sex,” he said.

No, perhaps David and Paula Ben Gurion’s old bed might be a better place. Or their kitchen table. Maybe his old study with the musty books?

“Come tourists, we invite you to have erections at the home of Israel’s founding father.” I’m confident this is one way to bring out visitors down to the Negev. To generate additional revenues, they can sell Ben Gurion condoms and Paula Lubricants, not to mention a Lion of Zion Vibrator (tip shaped like a star of David).

It also wouldn’t hurt to have a sex therapist on hand, cuz these people need one.

And yes, David Ben Gurion foresaw this. Kind of.

The Mission
“… Let me add just a few words on the importance of the
Midrasha. What this country needs is not only science and technology. But the spirit of the pioneering – and we shall need it for many, many years. The spirit of pioneering is the moral power which springs from vision and the belief in vision, and which arms the man imbued with it to overcome obstacles which appear insurmountable to the ordinary person. Every project in the Negev demands such a spirit, and every project strengthens that spirit. Without it, it is not easy to live in the Negev.

But the Negev, more than any other region, has a special quality which evokes in man wonderful powers which are normally dormant, or which he is unaware of, powers which reside in every individual, but which rarely come to the surface. The Negev turns an ordinary person into a creative human being. This spirit of pioneering is also demanded of Israel’s scholars, and particularly its teachers. Our teachers must not be simple people who have mastered the art of imparting knowledge of a particular subject; They must be guides in the full sense of the word – or teachers in the old sense of the word – People who by their spiritual quality and by their integrity serve as an example to their pupils.

“And this is the purpose of Midreshet Sde Boker. We seek to build a scientific research and teaching center which will be a source of moral inspiration and courage, rousing people to a sense of mission, noble, creative and fruitful.”

David Ben Gurion
January 1965

Maybe, finally, the desert will bloom.

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