Dear Partners and Friends,

Each year, as the New Year approaches, we at Regavim take a moment for introspection – as individuals and as members of the larger circles of our lives: family, community and nation. We look back on the year that has passed, and look ahead to the year that lies just around the corner.

The cusp of the new year also gives us an opportunity to thank you for your support over the course of the past year, and for your continued interest and participation in Regavim’s Zionist activism.

From our perspective, this past year was particularly challenging – which made our achievements, attained through constant, Sisyphean effort and unwavering focus, all the more significant.

In some cases, success was measured by our ability to prevent potentially catastrophic developments: We blocked dangerous initiatives by the Ra’am Party that would have had far-reaching, devastating impacts on the Negev. In other cases, our success created positive new realities: We helped formulate and promote the government decision to establish new communities in southern Israel while protecting our national land resources. We mobilized a coalition of organizations to fight the scourge of illegal quarrying in Judea and Samaria. We trained and mentored municipal land-protection specialists in the Judea and Samaria municipalities. Our very significant input resulted in the State Comptroller’s paradigm-changing report and recommendations, “Aspects of Governance in the Negev.” Thousands of copies of our most recent publication, “Bedouistan: How the State of Israel is Losing the Negev,” were sold, and this overview of our work has become a must-read for Israeli legislators and the public at large. 

For all this, and so much more, we thank you.

At this very special time of year, as we do throughout the year, we remind ourselves that our work, our achievements, and the strength to face the challenges ahead are made possible by God’s help and your support.

May you and yours be blessed with a sweet and fulfilling new year, good health and good news.

From all of us at Regavim, Shana Tova!

The start of a new year gives us a unique opportunity to thank you for your support, encouragement and partnership.

This past year presented a new set of challenges. Lockdowns and social distancing, along with a volatile and exceptionally challenging political environment, forced us to find new, creative solutions in order to continue our important work. Despite it all, we are gratified by the progress we have made and the successes we have had in our fight to protect our national resources.

  • With your help, we protected our brothers and sisters in Lod and other mixed cities.
  • Our meticulously researched and carefully crafted strategic plan for the protection of state land in Area C and the Negev has taken center stage in the public discourse.
  • We prevented the repeal of the Kaminitz Law.
  • We blocked political deals that would have spelled disaster for the Negev.
  • We helped strengthen and empower regional land protection departments.
  • We successfully blocked highly polluting projects, and more.

All of our activities sent one message, loud and clear: The land of our forefathers – and of our children and grandchildren – is a good and beautiful land.

Throughout the year, and particularly at this time of year, we at Regavim share our success and our vision for the future with you, the partners who make our continued efforts possible. With your help and the help of the Almighty, we look forward to redoubling our efforts and achieving even more in the year ahead.


Our newest report, tracking the Palestinian Authority’s use of illegal schools as a tactic of annexation, has been presented to the government, and will be available in English soon.


Here’s a recent Israel Broadcasting Corp. video about the Negev, the 7th in a series already seen by thousands of Israelis: