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Exploring Eilat

Eilat, Israel’s southernmost city, is a popular Red Sea resort town known for its beaches, coral reef, and desert landscapes. Learn about some great free fun to be had at this international tourist destination in a new Times of Israel article.Mount Yoash OverlookAfter the Creation, goes the story, the Lord sent His angels to color the land. But as they neared Eilat some of the angels were overcome by fatigue. Hoping to finish the job as quickly as possible, they dumped bucketfuls of paint over the mountains and the sea. The result – some of the most beautiful creations in the world.For a fabulous view of colored mountains, head for the Mount Yoash Overlook, named for one of the kings of Judea. Follow Road 12 (northwest out of Eilat) until you see the sign for the overlook on the road. Then ascend as far as you can, park, and walk up to the top. A number of observation balconies equipped with illustrations will help you get your bearings.Enjoy your view of the dark, massive Mount Shlomo Mountain Range on both sides of the highway, the Netafim border checkpost, to the northwest, and to the south, adjacent to the mountain, the cliffs of stunning Nahal Gishron. From here you can also see four countries at once: Israel, Egypt, Jordan and Saudia Arabia.Mount Yoash was the last obstacle faced by the Israel Defense Forces in 1948, as they moved towards Eilat during the Independence War. Shortly before the Israelis attacked they heard on Jordan’s military communication that the Jordanian army had abandoned its position on Mount Yoash, opening the way to Eilat.


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