|Notes ||A Visit to Kibbutz Ayelet Hashahar (narrative only)
At the time of this Vistas of Israel program there were 225 Kibbutzim, but they held only 4% of the country's total population. The Kibbutzniks, however, held many of the government's and army's high positions. Kibbutz Ayelet Hashahar, one of Israel's oldest Kibbutzim, was founded in 1915 by some young idealists from Russia and it continued to attract new members from all over the world and at the time of the broadcast had 800 members. At the outset, the northern Israel area was arid, swampy and surrounded by hostile neighbors ready to impede any potential progress in taming the land. Each family has its own apartment complete with a refrigerator and stove, although meals are taken in a dining hall. Several members of the Kibbutz are interviewed about the life that is lead and they discuss the problems and successes of the system. It was said by one of those interviewed that the Kibbutzniks have made good soldiers because e they are connected so deeply to the land and realize the need to protect it from possible invaders. It was indicated that members might have disagreements from time to time, but they realize that in the end they have to get along for the good of all. There is even an inn complete with over 100 rooms to accommodate the large number of visitors who want to see how a Kibbutz operates and a nominal fee is collected from these guests. All in all, the life might be hard, but it is a life that is accepted and is thriving.