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After landing in Tel Aviv, the capitol of Israel, we took a bus trip to Jerusalem where we would spend the remainder of our trip. It was a beautiful ride - looks sort of like California - very hilly with apartment type buildings on both sides of the highway among the hills. As we soon discovered, looks can be deceiving - the road divided Muslims from Jews. Israel is about the size of New Jersey with a population of 8.5 million people - 76%% Jewish and 21% ...
I am staying inside the old city, just inside the Jaffa gate. Called the Jaffa gate cos it is the road to Jaffa. When I got here I met my new best friend. An Armenian bloke called John. He sells all kind of rubbish and does tours to all parts of Israel. After I checked in he found me trying to sneek out and I went to his shop to drink tea and haggle. He offered me a tour for 4 days for 8000NIS. That is about $2100. I told ...
Gush Etsion is the first major settlement established in Israel and started all the controversy that continues to this s day. We were invited to a presentation given by Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger, Ali Abu Awwad and Smuel, three of the main people behind the Roots project. Their goal is to get Palestinians and Israeli settlers to talk to each other as equals, not an easy task. Hanan told how he spent his ...
... larger than I expected. It is the largest city in the West Bank and has most of the manufacturing. The old city is divided, with military checkpoints in many places. Things have been quite calm there for awhile now but there is always tension. The Israeli settler movement started here, and there are buildings in the city where there have been issues. The Problem is that nobody seems to want to find a solution. The Jews ...
... dinner (maybe the best of the entire journey) and then were entertained by a number of acts and experiences. The night concluded with one of my favorite moments, when 5,000+ Jewish teenagers, soldiers and adults stand and sing Hatikvah as loud as they can. Every year, that is the moment that gives me hope (tikvah) for the future of the Jewish people!
My apologies for the number of pictures today. It was too much fun seeing and hearing all the ...
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Aydin Mugla Karayolu 3. km., Aydin | 4 star hotelfrom $109