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Population and language:
The ethnic groups of Israel are split along religious lines with 76% Hebrew/ Jewish, 20% Arab, and 4% other. Within the Jewish majority, there are three major ethnic groups, the Ashkenazim from Russia and Eastern Europe, the Sephardim from Spain and Portugal, and the Mizrahim from northern Africa and the Middle East. Some nomadic Bedouins are included in the Arabic ethnic group.
Women, especially, should dress modestly with covered shoulders, high necklines, and long skirts (as a last resort long pants work as well). Modesty is especially important when seeking to gain access to religious sites. Some may require a shawl.
Major cities and tourist destinations:
Caesarea – These ruins have significance as an ancient Roman port city, a Crusader stronghold, and a Byzantine capital. It is not completely a ghost town and has a population of 4,550.
The Negev Desert – Visit Timna Park for a taste of the Negev. You can find tours by camel or jeep. Be sure to bring plenty of water and fill your tank with petrol before going.
Tel Aviv – This city has a population of about 400,000. Visit the Old Town in nearby Jaffa for a sample of native architecture, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art contains international and national artworks, and the Eretz Israel Museum gives a history of Israel as a whole.
Float in the Dead Sea – The high concentration of minerals in the Dead Sea makes everyone extremely buoyant. Wear beach shoes to protect your feet from the hard, crystallised minerals.
Haifa – This city with a population of about 270,000 is near Elijah’s Cave, the place Elijah was reported to have hidden during the reign of King Ahab. Haifa also contains an interesting German Colony section, which has been restored. The National Maritime Museum holds about 5,000 years of seafaring history under its roof.
Masada – This fascinating palace ruins was built by Herod and used by the Jews in their last stand against the Romans (70 ad).
Akko – Akko claims a population of around 50,000 and it was once a Crusader stronghold. You are able to view the Crusader Vaults, Halls, and the Refractory. Also of note are the Turkish Bathhouse, which is a museum–not a functioning bathhouse, and the Museum of Underground Prisoners.
Gamla Nature Reserve – This is a beautiful nature reserve with ruins of a bloody battle from 67 ad.
If you are planning on hiring a car, the highways are modern with signs in both Hebrew and English. Despite their sometimes-gruff exterior, drivers will do what they can to help you with a smile if you become lost or experience car trouble. Petrol stations are everywhere, but it is always recommended to fill up before visiting the Negev Desert. Some car rental places do not allow their cars to go to the West Bank, so you should ask before renting if you are planning on traveling there.
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