One of the most contested countries in the world, and a hotbed for both politics and religion, Israel is an extremely important country in the Middle East. Situated on the coastline of the Mediterranean and jutting up against a portion of the Red Sea, Israel is tucked between Egypt, the Gaza Strip, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, and the West Bank. It is a country which has portions which, depending on who you talk with, belong to either Israel or Palestine. Israel is the world's only predominantly Jewish state. Israel traces its roots to the Biblical Land of Israel, also known as Zion, a concept central to Judaism since ancient times. The birthplace of Christianity, the focal point for The Crusades, and one of the earliest areas of civilization on the planet, Israel combines ancient world history with modern technology in a dizzying array of splendor.
Due to the political and religious debates among Israel and its surrounding countries, security within the country can be somewhat tenacious at best. Be sure to check with your local embassy before traveling, as the border areas between Lebanon and the Gaza Strip can sometimes be dangerous.
Israel is packed full of historical, archaeological, religious, and geographical significant locations. From the city of Akko and its World Heritage status, to the Crusader castle of Belvoir overlooking the Sea of Galilee, to the caves at Beth Gurvin or the sprawling awesomeness of Jerusalem or Nazareth, there are plenty of significant cities to choose from, but there are also plenty of natural wonders to behold within Israel as well. There are the Israel National Parks, the Dead Sea, the Ein Gedi nature reserve and botanical gardens lining the shore of the Dead Sea itself, as well as the Mitzpe Ramon, or the Sea of Galilee. Tourism, is an important industry in Israel, with the country's temperate climate, beaches, archaeological and historical sites, and unique geography also drawing tourists. Israel's security problems have taken their toll on the industry, but the number of incoming tourists is on the rebound.
It is important to note that if you plan on traveling to countries which have strained relations with Israel, request a blank page be stamped as evidence of your travel, rather than your passport itself. Certain countries in the Middle East will block all passports containing stamps or visas from Israel.
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