Negev Towns Gearing Up for Influx From Israel's Center

Sprawling new army bases and a high-tech park in Be’er Sheva will draw new residents - but is the south ready to absorb them?

Southern Israeli cities and towns found themselves in a novel situation last month at an open house for military personnel, an event that could become routine in the next few years. They were vying among themselves in luring the thousands of economically secure households expected to relocate to the region over the next decade thanks to three huge military bases going up in the Negev.