"the Negev"

The Negev Desert
Creative Commons AttributionThe Negev Desert - Credit: Pikiwikisrael
The Negev desert is situated in southern Israel.  In Hebrew Biblical lore, it was inhabited by the Tribes of Judah and Simeon, two of the sons of Jacob.  It comprises 55% of the country’s landmass, but due to its hot and dry conditions only a relatively small number of people live there.  This includes members of the native Bedouin tribe, who were originally nomadic and have been present in the desert since 1000AD.  It is extremely arid and rocky, and holds a great number of modern military bases.  Due to the climate, there is great potential for the development of solar energy in the region.