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Eilat Museums


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"Eilat My City" is a museum that focuses on the growth and development of the city since the area was liberated in the 1949 Ovda campaign up until the present day. Issues that are addressed in the exhibits include water issues, the salt and electricity companies, the Eilat port, Arkia, the underwater observatory and more. One section of the Museum is devoted to the environment surrounding the city of Eilat while another deals with the development of the city's economy and tourism. Photographs and displays in the Museum include the ink flag that was raised in Eilat after the city was liberated in 1949, the opening of the new port in 1956 and the peace agreement with Egypt in 1982.

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Um Rash-Rash was the site of a British police station between the years of 1940 and 1948. In 1949, Israeli forces reached the police station and raised an improvised flag of Israel prepared from a shirt and ink thereby establishing Israeli control over the southern-most city in Israel. The soldiers arrived at Um Rash-Rash after travelling through the desert from Beer Sheva in what was to be the last military operation of the Israeli Independence War. A year later the city of Eilat was established in the area around the police station. Only one building survived from the period and next to it is a monument that replicates the moving moment of the raisin of the ink flag. How to get there: The site is situated directly south of "Mul HaYam" Mall in Eilat.

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