Israel is a considered as a Holy nation bordered by Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon and Syria. It is also home to Jerusalem ( the birth place of Lord Jesus). It has a vibrant history and culture . It has ties to diversified religions, and this makes it a interesting place to visit for travellers . It is also a highly modernised country, and the regions are divided into cities which are further sub-divided into towns. Israel-Palestine conflict is an ongoing issue, and after the peace negotiations fell apart in 2014, the countries are working on a two-state solution.
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December - April is the best time to visit Israel
Israel is a country with varied landscapes ranging from deserts to hill stations. The major divisions are Galilee (hill ranges), Shephelah ( highland), Negev (desert area), Golan Heights (mountainous area) and Israeli coastal plains. The major cities include - Jerusalem ( holy city for Jews, Muslims and Christians), Akko (UNESCO heritage town), Eilat (dubbed as "Goa of Middle East"), Safed (city known for artists and mystics ), Tel Aviv (a lively metropolitan city where many foreign embassies are present), Beer-sheba (largest city in Negev), Ashdod (largest port in Israel) and Ashkelon ( coastal city).
Cheap bus fares. Kosher vegetarian food. Kind and hospitable people. Pleasant climate during spring. Aromatic coffee.
Visa complications. Time-consuming security checks. Not so friendly taxi drivers. High food expenses
Jews trace their origin to Abraham, who established the belief that there is only one God, the creator of the universe.
Zionism, A Jewish national movement, emerged in the late-19th century. Israeli independence in 1948 was marked by migration of Jews from Europe and Muslim countries to Israel and Arabs from Israel. This was followed by the ArabÐIsraeli conflict. About 43% of the world's Jews live in Israel today, the largest Jewish community in the world.
Israel is home to mixed nationalities. Immigrants from various countries are employed in different sectors. However, Jews make up the majority of the population followed by Islam. The official language of Israel is Arabic and Hebrew . Hebrew is the most commonly spoken language. English is also widely spoken because English is the second foreign language taught at schools. Older people understand Hebrew better. Common phrases - Walla (Is that so), Yalla (common, let's move), Sababa (great ), Akhla (good), Sachbak (friend), Shalom - hello & bye, todah- thank you, lama - why, mis'ada - restaurant.
Israel provides varied accommodation options from inns to five-star rated hotels. Rooms get sold out, and the prices are high during July, August, and on major Jewish and Christian holidays. Israel Hotel Association is an organisation for hotels, and it consists of 350 hotels, Israel Youth Hostel Association provides a range of hostel accommodations. Bed and breakfast is also quite common . Famous hotel chains include - Kibbutz hotels, Zimmers and Good Morning Jerusalem.
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