ALMOG, West Bank (AP) — An Israeli farmer has cashed in by making exotic honey from a rare tree that produces frankincense — the resin once worth its weight in gold and venerated in the Bible.
But the farm’s location in a far-flung West Bank settlement has left a bitter taste in at least one investor’s mouth.
Guy Erlich’s Balm of Gilead Farm is home to 1,000 threatened Boswellia sacra — the perfume-producing desert shrub mentioned in the Bible. He hopes these and his cornucopia of other medicinal plants will yield remedies for human ills — and even the conflict with the Palestinians.
But the farm is in the occupied West Bank, and the Palestinians and the vast majority of the international community consider Israeli settlements there to be illegal.