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Compare all the major car hire brands including Avis, Hertz, Europcar, Sixt and Alamo and find the best prices for car hire in Israel. Car rental in Israel includes Theft Waiver (TW), Third Party Liability Insurance and Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) as well as unlimited mileage when you hire with us.

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Introduction:
Israel is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea and Egypt on the east, Lebanon on the north, Syria and Jordan on the west, and the Gulf of Aqaba (Red Sea) to the south. It is known for containing religious and historical sites for the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim religions. In addition, it was the battlegrounds for the many ancient wars, the Crusades, and more recently the creation of Jewish and Palestinian States. Israel is also famous for its electronics and citrus as well as the Dead Sea.

Population and language:
The population of Israel is 7 million. Of those people, 76% are Jewish, 20% are Muslim, and 2% are Christian. The official languages of Israel are Modern Hebrew and Arabic. However, English is a requirement taught in all state schools.

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:
Jerusalem  – The capital city has a population of about around 800,000 and was founded 5,000 years ago. Walking the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, praying at the Western Wall of the temple complex, and visiting the Dome of the Rock (you must be Muslim to enter the shrine, and you cannot take a Bible with you) is a way to see the most holy places for three different religions that vie for control over the city.

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.

Climate:
The climate of Israel is Mediterranean and there are hot, dry summers from June to September with temperatures between 22°C – 33°C. The mild, cool winters from November to March, generally are between 6°C–15°C. It rains anywhere from 1 inch in the south to 35 inches in the north per year. Rain only occurs during the winter months. Israel is susceptible to drought, flash floods, and sandstorms.

Economy:
Israel’s GPD is almost 240 billion (USD), and the new shekalim (shekel) is its currency. Israel’s economy relies strongly on service, including those jobs based on tourism, healthcare, education, and finance. It exports software, computer systems, and electronics, chemicals, medical equipment, and pharmaceuticals, fruit, military technologies, and cut diamonds each year, and primarily imports raw materials, military equipment, and fossil fuels.

Transportation:
The Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv is one of the major airports. Other notable airports include the Sole Dov Airport, the Eilat Airport, and the Ovda Airport.
As of yet, the trains in Israel are not an efficient means of travel. The bus system covers a decent network, but women must sit in the back in Jerusalem. In addition, buses are crowded on Sunday so expect massive lines and filled stops. No public transportation runs on any Jewish holidays, including the Sabbath from sunset Friday to sunset Saturday of each week.

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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