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Old 09-27-2012, 03:47 PM
Location: Venice Italy
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I have been in Israel in 1992, I remember the evening when the plane landed in Tel Aviv, the sky was full of stars and everything was very quiet ..in that time l was a Christian Catholic so mine was a sort of pilgrimage, because Israel is the Holy Land for C. Christians, it is true is the land where three great religions got origin, but I believe that the Christian and Muslim cult derived - comes - from the Hebrew cult.
Today I lost my faith, for personal reasons, but I still think that Judaism is the faith more closer to the truth.
It is really commendable the way they have been able to make productive the desert, I stayed in some kibbutz and found that the pure socialism system is feasible, after all Jesus was the first socialist.
I loved so much the female-soldiers and the women all
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Old 09-28-2012, 09:39 AM
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I hear less on the news about terrorism in Israel and Palestine. Is it safer than before?

Also I saw a travel video on Tel Aviv, actually seems more interesting than I gave it credit for. How many days worth spending there?
It has always been relatively safe as the crime rate is relatively low. As mentioned most of the rockets from Gaza are going to town of Sderot and occasionally into another areas of the Negev desert in Southern Israel.

I think one can easily spend 3 (or even 4) weeks in Israel as one needs at least a week in Jerusalem. In Tel Aviv-Jaffa one should at least spend 4 days including one whole day dedicated to the Diaspora Museum/Beit Hatfutsot (Beit Hatfutsot: The Museum of the Jewish People - Beit Hatfutsot) located at Tel Aviv University in the Tel Aviv suburb of Ramat-Aviv. One can also enjoy the Habima theater productions as they offer headsets with English translations to several performances. This is besides Tel Aviv's other nightlife, beaches, outdoor cafes, the famous Nahalat Binyamin Market, etc. One should also visit Jaffa's old port area and fish restaurants as well the restored artists quarter. (You could probably spent a whole day in Jaffa which is part of the Tel Aviv municipality.)
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Old 09-30-2012, 01:22 PM
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I've been to Israel several times and really like it, though my Hebrew is quite limited.

Some random observations:

1. If you've not realized how many Israeli Arabs live in Israel, Jaffa will amaze and surprise you.

2. Tel Aviv is a fascinating mixture of really old areas, 1930s Bauhaus/Art Deco architecture, and very modern architecture. Oh, with a beach atmosphere as well. I was surprised by how many Russians and Africans are in Tel Aviv, by the fact that most street signs are in Hebrew, Arabic and English, and also how run down some parts of it seem. The food is very healthy and delicious.

3. To American/English-speaking ears, Hebrew has an aggressive sound/tonality. It takes a bit of time to digest the fact that people who speak such a harsh-sounding language can be so warm and friendly. It's the type of place where new acquaintances can quickly become life-time friends.

4. Jerusalem is not to be missed. Even if you are not particularly religious yourself, it's an incredibly moving place to visit. You can absorb vicariously how much the various religious sites mean to different residents and visitors. Find a good tour guide, if needed, and be sure to visit all the quarters of the Old City. Be prepared to be haggled by merchants with some intensity.
5. Until you've visited Israel, it's hard to appreciate just how small a country Israel is and how little time it takes, for example, to get from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

I'd love to visit other parts of the Middle East as well some day, but am very happy to have seen Israel already.
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