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Israel Travel Guide

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Israel is a small yet diverse Middle Eastern country with a long coastline on the eastern Mediterranean Sea and a small window on the Red Sea at the Gulf of Eilat (Aqaba). Israel is bordered by Egypt and the Gaza Strip to the southwest, by Jordan and the West Bank to the east, and by Syria and Lebanon to the north. It shares borders to the Jordan River and the Dead Sea with the West Bank and Jordan. The West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip have been under Israeli de-facto rule since 1967. In addition to the majority Palestinian Arab populations living in these regions, the Israeli Government has built many Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem as well as in the annexed Golan Heights.

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Although Israel was established specifically for the Jewish people, it is considered part of the Holy Land (together with areas of Jordan, Egypt and the Palestinian Territories). Israel thus contains a vibrant modern history and culture, based in part on the diverse, immigrant origins of its inhabitants returning from the Jewish Diaspora. These aspects make Israel a fascinating destination for many travelers and pilgrims.

Most visits to the Holy Land are ushered in with a trip to the capital city of Jerusalem. The City of Gold, as it has come to be known in Hebrew, is a fascinatingly unique place where the first century rubs shoulders with the twenty-first century. If you prefer modern commercial cities Tel Aviv is the place to be. Tel Aviv is the second largest city in Israel after Jerusalem. It is on the Mediterranean coast and the official name is Tel Aviv-Yafo which reflects the fact that the city has grown beside (and absorbed) the ancient port city of Yafo to the south of the new city center, in addition to many other neighboring cities. Eilat is located at the southern-most tip of the country, within its small "window on the Red Sea". Eilat is first and foremost a resort town these days, devoted to sun, fun, diving, partying and desert-based activities. Nazareth is best known as the home of Joseph and Mary and hence also Jesus, although he was born in Bethlehem. A number of Christian holy places in Nazareth are associated with the Annunciation, the childhood and the early ministry of Jesus.

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