"Making the Desert Bloom" : A Myth Examined

The country [Palestine] was mostly an empty desert, with only a few islands of Arab settlement; and Israel's cultivable land today was indeed redeemed from swamp and wilderness. Shimon Peres. (a former Israeli Minister of Information) [1] It was only after the Zionists "made the desert bloom" that "they [the Palestinians] became interested in taking it from us."