HEY! Everybody Loves Sex! Not The Sex You’re Thinking About!

Amnon Navon (right) and Zac B. sarian at the Arava Desert. Amnon was one of the young men who were sent to Arava Desert to make it productive. Now Arava is the main producer of Israel’s vegetable exports.

In November 2011 more than a dozen of us journalists from all over the world were at the Arava Desert in southern Israel interviewing the pioneer settlers in that place where most of Israel’s vegetable exports are produced.

It was past midday and many of us were tired and weary from traveling. It seemed that I was the only one who was interested in interviewing Amnon Navon, one of the young men who were sent to settle in the desert by Prime Minister David Ben Gurion in the 1950s. Most of them were 18 to 21 years old.

After several preliminary questions, we asked our interviewee rather loudly: “Mr. Navon, were there also girls with you?” 

“Yes,” he answered.

“Beautiful?” I asked even louder and with emphasis, and looking at him straight in the eye.

“Oh yes, very beautiful.”

The other journalists, men and women, all of a sudden became animated. They became alive and curious. They wanted to listen and perhaps ask their own questions.

That only proved what our instructor told us in our News Writing class. He said that when an element of sex is included in a story, a lot more people will read it. No, I don’t mean the “sex”  that you are thinking about. It simply means that a member of the fairer sex is involved in the story, whether in a positive or negative way.

Oh yes, everybody loves sex. Do you?

Myriam Ximena Ramirez Ayala is standing on a promontory in the Arava Desert where the interview with pioneer settlers took place. Behind her can be seen roofs of greenhouses where various vegetables are grown.She was a reporter of the newspaper La Republica in Cali, Colombia. 
Myriam Ximena Ramirez Ayala was one of the international journalists invited to Israel in 2011. She is shown here in a greenhouse in Arava Desert planted to sweet pepper.
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