This is where is all comes together – the Holy Land, Mount Carmel, God’s blessing of rain and the sign of the rainbow. The sights are simply beautiful, and for those who know the history behind it, it is even more meaningful.
Mount Carmel is the place mentioned in the Book of Kings, where the Jewish prophet Eliyahu (Elijah in English)
challenged hundreds of false prophets. He challenged them to prove that their false god was in fact real, something impossible as it was a false god. He challenged them to make a sacrifice to their god, and have their god light the fire. Obviously, the false prophets failed. Eliyahu then made his sacrifice on the mountain, and poured water on it.
As a sign that God, whom the Jewish people pray to, was the true G-d, a divine fire came and consumed the rain-soaked sacrifice. This miracle happened in front of everyone and there was no denying it – everyone then acknowledged that G-d is the true lord. Due to this, Mount Carmel became a very special place for the Jewish nation.
Today, Mount Carmel is a national park in Israel, where people come to hike and enjoy.
It is is a coastal mountain range bordered on the South by Zichron Yaakov, to the southeast by Yokneam, and to the northwest by Haifa and the Mediterranean Sea. The mountain range is about 4-5 miles wide and 24 miles long, with a gradual slope on the Southwestern side and a steep ridge on the Northeast.
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During World War I, Mount Carmel played a significant strategic role. The (20th century) Battle of Megiddo took place at the head of a pass through the Carmel Ridge, which overlooks the Valley of Jezreel from the south. General Allenby led the British in the battle, which was the turning point in the war against the Ottoman Empire. The Jezreel Valley had played host to many battles before, including the very historically significant Battle of Megiddo between the Egyptians and Canaanites, but it was only in the 20th century battle that the Carmel Ridge itself played a significant part, due to the developments in munitions.