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Old 11-05-2013, 03:26 PM
 
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Christmas is banned in Israel, and do not wear cross in public. You will get wiered look and treated bad
Wow you've never been to Israel have you?
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Old 11-05-2013, 05:08 PM
 
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Actually it kind of is because Israeli potiticians do not allow public Christmas trees and Christmas decorations at all. There is only Arab city with Christmas tree.
Politicians and Rabbis told people to boycott businesses who decorate for the holiday.

Why would they question? There are 2.2 billion Christians worldwide.
Israel is a Jewish country (where there is not full separation of state & religion like in the USA) and Christmas is not a Jewish holiday. Therefore there are no public displays of Christmas trees & decorations except in Christian Arab areas.
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Old 11-07-2013, 11:13 AM
 
Location: American Expat
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I would be interested how you get from Israel to the surrounding countries. Perhaps Egypt and Jordan. I was thinking about going to Israel, but I would want to go to as many neighboring countries as possible. Not sure how easy regional travel is. Not necessarily flying.
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Old 11-09-2013, 02:32 PM
 
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I would be interested how you get from Israel to the surrounding countries. Perhaps Egypt and Jordan. I was thinking about going to Israel, but I would want to go to as many neighboring countries as possible. Not sure how easy regional travel is. Not necessarily flying.
There are a few border crossings between Israel and Jordan. There a bus at the border that takes you from one country's checkpoint to the another country's border control and it is a fairly easy process.

I know that it is also possible to cross the border between Israel and Egypt in the Sinai Desert area but I don't know what the process is like.
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Old 11-10-2013, 08:06 AM
 
Location: Limbo
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There are a few border crossings between Israel and Jordan. There a bus at the border that takes you from one country's checkpoint to the another country's border control and it is a fairly easy process.

I know that it is also possible to cross the border between Israel and Egypt in the Sinai Desert area but I don't know what the process is like.
Right, Israel and Jordan is pretty open. I thought about crossing the Sinai into Egypt, but that was way too far out in the desert. I assume it is a pretty straightforward crossing. Going into Syria is what I'd be worried about.
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Old 11-10-2013, 08:36 AM
 
Location: North Idaho
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Is it still advisable to do the other countries first and Israel last, so you aren't trying to get into those other countries with an Israeli border stamp in your passport?
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Old 11-10-2013, 08:52 AM
 
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Right, Israel and Jordan is pretty open. I thought about crossing the Sinai into Egypt, but that was way too far out in the desert. I assume it is a pretty straightforward crossing. Going into Syria is what I'd be worried about.
I don't think you can cross the Syrian-Israeli border as a tourist.





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Is it still advisable to do the other countries first and Israel last, so you aren't trying to get into those other countries with an Israeli border stamp in your passport?
I believe you can request from the Israeli border control to stamp a separate piece paper not in your passport in order to avoid that problem.

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Old 11-10-2013, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Orlando
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About thirty years ago, I was living and working in Tel Aviv for a period of about six months. I visited an Israeli travel agent and I was able to book a bus tour to Cairo, including transportation, hotel, guided tours, and a visit to the pyramids and the Sphinx.

The bus left Tel Aviv and I forget how long it took to get to the border crossing, but I do remember that at the border we were moved from the Israeli bus (with Hebrew lettering on the side) to an Egyptian bus (with Arabic lettering on the side) for the rest of the ride to Cairo.

Of course, this was a long time ago, and I have no idea what the situation is now. But I would recommend searching for an Israeli travel agent (I'm sure you can communicate by email) to get up-to-date information on current requirements and recommendations.
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Old 11-10-2013, 10:24 AM
 
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Actually it kind of is because Israeli potiticians do not allow public Christmas trees and Christmas decorations at all. There is only Arab city with Christmas tree.
Politicians and Rabbis told people to boycott businesses who decorate for the holiday.

Why would they question? There are 2.2 billion Christians worldwide.
The majority of Israeli politicians are Jewish and Israel is a Jewish state (where is no full separation of state and religion). Therefore it would inappropriate for there to be displays of Christmas trees and decorations in most public places outside the Christian Arab communities. But if a private individual wants to have a Christmas tree in their home or put X'mas decorations in their home it is possible to do so.
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Old 11-10-2013, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Israel
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Well....at the moment i am living in Israel .... (But i am coming from Lithuania and i will return soon back to Europe)
I will be very happy if you will visit us...
I speak Hebrew and if you will need any help or information about IL i can help you
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