A New Beginning at Tel Aviv
Trip Start May 16, 2010
55Trip End May 26, 2010
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The airport and the city are interesting. The airport because Israel has limited air space so the approach is short, low, and requires maneuvers not normally necessary. The approach provided a nice demonstration of the tremendous maneuverability and control Airbus built into the aircraft that ferried us down from Madrid across the Mediterranean Sea. In any case, I was happy we did not try to violate Syrian or Lebanese airspace and rather enjoyed the twists and turns as we approached
Tel Aviv is a modern cosmopolitan town--the name means "new beginning" or literally "spring mound" and was chosen in 1910 from among many suggestions when the modern city was founded to accommodate returning Jews. It is taken from Ezekiel 3:15: "Then I came to them of the captivity at Tel Aviv, that lived by the river Chebar, and to where they lived; and I sat there overwhelmed among them seven days." This name was found fitting as it embraced the idea of the renaissance of the ancient Jewish homeland.
Tonight the city provided us with the comforts of a hotel just a few minutes from the beach after a long journey.
Tomorrow we will begin anew as we commence our journey through the land of promise.