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Kibbutz Ramat Rachel

The grounds were immaculate. We had the opportunity to have a delicious lunch in the kibbutz as well.
I was curious about the last sentence. Apparently, the Mar Elias Monastery is a Greek Orthodox monastery founded in the 6th century. During the battle for Kibbutz Ramat Rachel, it was used as a base for the Arab Legion.

Note the kibbutz kitty at the base of the statue.