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Neot Hakikar and Ein Plutit*

Looking for a refreshing place to stop on your way to Eilat? You can easily reach Ein Plutit salt water spring, near Neot Hakikar, from Masada, Arad, Dimona or Beer Sheva.

Neot Hakikar

This settlement has a history of social experiments and failures. Today, this settlement is a secular moshav in Nahal Arava at the southern end of the Dead Sea snuggled up against the Jordanian border. When it was founded in 1970 it replaced a cattle farm that was settled in 1959 and an IDF army base that replaced the cattle farm.
The hot climate discouraged the settlers but provided perfect conditions for hot-house farming. The moshav’s main source of income is agriculture, with 70% of the produce destined for export. Crops include red, green, yellow and orange peppers, winter-ripening vegetables and melons, and organic medjool dates grown in salty soil using saline well water.

The unique geography of Nahal Arava makes this moshav a center tourist attractions. Neot Hakikar is an agricultural moshav but is also the perfect base for exploring the wadis around the southern Dead Sea. Together with its sister moshav, Ein Tamar, have B&Bs and options for mountain biking, hiking, birdwatching and exploring the desert by jeep.

Neot Hakikar Disaster Memorial

One of the worst natural disaster in Israel history was the terrible disaster that occurred in December, 1970 on the nearby army base. Heavy rains caused rocks to detach from an overhanging cliff. The boulders crushed the army base’s dining room killing 19 soldiers and one Israeli civilian. The dead and wounded were buried underneath 1,500 tons of rock and soil, three meters high. A memorial  of the disaster was erected at Neot Hakikar.

Neot Hakikar Disaster Memorial
Neot Hakikar Disaster Memorial

Ein Plutit

The Ein Plutit salt water spring, near the moshav, is named for one of Lot’s daughters. The spring was originally known as the Hidden Spring by the local residents, since it is hidden behind cane and date trees. The spring is located off of route 2499, on the road to Ein Tamar and Neot HaKikar.

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