Eileen and I recently visited Yarkon and Tel Afek National Park. The park is about a half hour drive from where we live in Herzliya and is located east of Tel Aviv.
The Ottoman Fortress, Binar Bashi, was built in 1571 on the top of the ancient mound of Tel Afek. A “Tel” is actually a specific archaeological feature which is very common in Israel, a place that has been inhabited by people for thousands and thousands of years. Basically a “Tel” is a mound underneath which lay the ruins of previous settlements that once stood on the same spot.
On the eastern slope of the Tel is the British Mandate pumping station, from which water from the Yarkon spring was once channeled to Jerusalem.
On our way out of the park we drove past a parking lot outside the Rosh H’Yam railroad station and found this interesting scene…