youarehere TodayTourism.com






Accommodation booking

Israel Travel Guide

Loading

 
 
noframe
Location
noframe
Flag
Image:is-flag.png
Quick Facts
Capital Jerusalem
Government Parliamentary Democracy
Currency 1 New Israeli Sheqel (NIS, code:ILS, symbols ש"ח and ₪) = 100 agorot
Area 22,072 km2
Population 7,900,117 (2008 est.)
Language Hebrew (official), Arabic (official), Russian and English most commonly used foreign languages
Religion Jewish 75%, Muslim 16% (mostly Sunni Muslim), Christian 2%, other 1% (2008 est.)
Electricity 220V/50Hz (Israeli plug)
Calling Code +972
Internet TLD .il
Time Zone UTC +2/DST +3

Israel (Hebrew: מדינת ישראל Medinat Yisra-el; Arabic دولَة إِسرائيل Dawlat Isrā'īl) 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.

Although Israel was established specifically for the Jewish people, following the Second World War, Israel is considered part of the Holy Land (together with areas of Jordan, Egypt and the Palestinian Territories). The three major monotheistic religions -Judaism, Christianity, and Islam- all have historical ties to the region. 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. As a result of this vast mix of culture, in addition to the official languages of Hebrew and Arabic, Russian and Yiddish are also spoken by a significant minority of Israelis. English in many ways acts as second language. Within Israel's recognized pre-1967 borders, about 80% of Israelis identify themselves as Jewish, the remainder classify themselves as either as Arab and or Palestinian, Bedouin or Druze.

Israel is a highly urbanized and economically developed society and is therefore best divided for the traveler into its main cities and towns, followed by the regions and other sites.



More Travel Information About Israel




 
 

Israel Accommodation


SAVE up to 75% on Last Minute deals! Search for discount Israel hotels, motels, apartments, hostels, guest accommodations and vacation resorts. Instant email confirmation!


Booking.com

Book Travel Insurance Online to Israel


Israel Travel Guide from Wikitravel. Many thanks to all Wikitravel contributors. Text is available under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0, images are available under various licenses, see each image for details.

Share/Bookmark


About Us| Advertise | FAQ | Terms & Conditions | Privacy Policy | HTML & XML Sitemap | Link to Us | Find us on Facebook | YouTube
2008-2017 TodayTourism.com LLC. All rights reserved