Israel is a country with a very, very rich and ages-old history behind it. After all, in some sense, it is the promised land for the jews, which Moses in pre-historical times had kept aside especially for them.
Officially formed in 1948 and having an area of 20,770 square kilometers, Israel has a population of about eighty lakh people. Situated in the Middle East, it is based at the eastern end of the Mediterranean Sea.
With all its four borders extremely porous, Israel is a nation which is constantly in a very versatile state.
With the Gaza strip, a 41 kilometre long and six to twelve kilometre wide area on one end in dispute with Palestine; troubled Lebanon in the North, Syria with its Golan Heights area in the northeast, again a disputed territory and Jordan in the South East; Israel is a bit of a potentially volatile area.
Its capital, Jerusalem, which is located between the Mediterranean and the Dead Seas, is one of the oldest cities on Planet Earth.
It’s being the third holiest city after Mecca and Medina for Sunni Muslims, Jerusalem is also the place where Lord Christ was crucified.
The old city part of this capital, in an area of just 0.9 square kilometers, has extremely religious monuments like the Temple Mount and the Western Wall of the Jews, the Church of Holy Sepulchre of the Christians and the al-Aqsa Mosque of the Muslims.
Declared a world heritage site since 1981, Jerusalem due to its sensitive nature as the capital of Israel and the proclaimed capital of Palestine as well, is also on the List of World Heritage in Danger.
In Jerusalem, there is also the Yad Vashem, the official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. This memorial is a 44.5 acre complex with the Holocaust History Museum, memorial sites like the Children’s Memorial and the Hall of Remembrance and a synagogue. This is the second most visited Israeli tourist site, after the Western Wall.
Though a very sad place which makes most visitors cry their hearts out, the Yad Vashem receives about one million tourists each year.
When it comes to the adventure tourism, Israel scores well here also since it touches the Dead Sea – the place where one can float in water without any swimming efforts required due to the very high salt content here.
This place is also home to some of the most amazing skin care routines available anywhere on earth. The lotions and potions from here are some of the most effective remedies for almost all skin and hair maladies that one can come across.
Tel Aviv, the commercial main city of Israel, occupies an area of 52 square kilometers and houses about 42 percent of the country’s entire population, known as a global city with a twenty-four-hour culture, it is one of the safest places to be in Israel.
The 25th most important financial center on earth, Tel Aviv is famous for its extremely vibrant and lively culture. Also, since it connects with the Mediterranean Sea, it is widely known for its seaside and beach-type fun activities.
The country has a very big largesse of ancient lineage behind it. Go Israel, the land of creation.