? There are so many reasons why people are attracted to Israel. Israel is a very modern country that provides tourists with glorious beaches, bustling cities, nature reserves, health spas and religious shrines.
Nowhere are the contrasts in Israel more apparent than in Jerusalem. The walls of the Old City and malls of the New City, Roman Arches, Byzantine moats, Crusader walls and Ottoman ramparts, make the city one big colorful mosaic. It contains shrines that are holy to Jews, Christians and Moslems, the Western Wall, Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the glistening domes of the mosques on the Temple Mount and the Shrine of the Book that house the 2,000 year old Dead Sea Scrolls. The Old City of Jerusalem has been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
Then as you descend to the Dead Sea from Jerusalem through the Judean Mountains, you travel through a totally different terrain. You will arrive 400 meters below sea level to the Dead Sea. The healing properties of the Dead Sea and of the nearby mineral springs have been known for years. Take a cable car up to Masada, Herod’s mountaintop palace, don’t miss Qumeran, where the Dead Sea scrolls lay undiscovered for 2000 years.
Tel Aviv-Jaffa – Israel’s major metropolitan areas and the country business centers. On to the lower Galilee area in picturesques Tiberias, on the western shore of the Sea, which includes the entire region of Capernaum, Tabgha, the Mt. of Beatitudes, Nazareth, Mt Tabor and the Jordan River, closely associated with Jesus and the early Christians.
In spite of what you hear, Israel has a tradition of making visitors feel welcome that goes back centuries. Whether you go for the sun, the sights, or shrines you will be captivated by Israel.