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Ancient Harasim (Nahal Barkai)
Harasim lies in the center of the Shephelah or the hilly region bordered on the east by the Judean plateau and on the west by the coastal plain and the Mediterranean Sea. David defeated the Philistines twice in battles in this region -- once when he killed the Philistine's champion Goliath during King Saul's reign and again during his own reign when he used his knowledge of the climate and terrain to vanquish the Philistines at the valley of Rephaim. Though occupied at the time Harasim's history during this period is largely unknown. Past excavations have uncovered a large Late Bronze Age city-state that was destroyed and later rebuilt by the Israelites and an Iron Age II fortress ...