Arik said:Castlereagh - something vexing you tonight? So you have heard of Petach Tikva, try another google search so that you can imply knowledge of the country, try looking up where the words Petcah Tikva come from and what is implied by them.
If you read my comment, you will see that I said that there was farming land (implied already in agricultural use). My point was that European investment in terms of money, manual labour and new techniques improved farming in the area and also, large areas of land which were incapable of being used for agriculture were reclaimedfrom swamps or desert.
errrrrrrr could Petach Tikva be the first agricultural settlement set up by Rabbi Solomon or whatever he was called? - Seriously what do I win? Could it also be that contrary to myth, Ottoman records show that the land purchased by the Rabbi also included cultivated land? Because 30k in dunums is quite big. FFS, do you really think they ate mud for all that time?