Introduction

Every mile of Israel has interesting stories to tell. The history and legends of the country have diverse backgrounds. Three decades ago, the place was composed of a sober society. Today, the society of Israel has boomed in terms of tourism and economy. In fact, Israel has one of the highest standards of living in the world, and a per capita income that is among the top 20 countries. The people of Israel have a high sense of taste and style. Visitors to the country can find a wide array of luxury accommodations that meets and even exceeds their high expectations.

Israel is a holy land to Christians, Jews and Muslims. The land has been sacred to the believers of Christianity, Judaism and Islam since the Biblical times. The history of the land is essentially from the Hebrew Bible known in Judaism as the Tanakh and to Christians as the Old Testament.

People

The population of Israel is composed of 82 percent Jews and 18 percent Arabs, most of which are Muslims of the modern world. Most of the Israelis live in the metropolitan areas of Jerusalem, Haifa and Tel-Aviv.

Israel is where many diverse ethnic, cultural, social and religious backgrounds can be found. The country is home to 5.5 million people, all sharing different cultures, beliefs and religions. Because of the many Jews from around the world who have chosen to migrate and permanently make Israel their home, the country has become a melting point for different languages and cultures.

Geography

Israel is a small country located in Western Asia (commonly called the Middle East) that has a land area of 8,522 square miles. The country can be found at the eastern end of the Mediterranean Sea. Israel experiences a Mediterranean climate with long, hot, dry summers and cool, rainy winters. January is the coldest month of the year with a temperature that reaches 40 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit. August, on the other hand is the hottest month of the year, which has a temperature of 65 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Rainy days are from November to March, while the months of June until August are rainless.

History

The history of Israel dates back from 2000 BC, with the selection of the country as a special nation chosen by the God of the Jews. The Bible has a detailed account of the miracles, promises, judgments and blessings of God that occurred in many places of the country. Israel is a witness to the earliest stages in the history of humanity.

People of modern Israel share the same culture and language shared by the Jewish heritage that was passed on from generation to generation, all of which started with the descendants of Abraham. The Jews have the main people of Israel for the past 3,300 years.

The first government of the country started with that of Joshua, from the period of 1000-578 BC (also known as the "Period of Kings"). The most popular kings of Israel were David and Solomon.

Famous Attractions

Israel has a deep history which makes it one of the most interesting places in the world. There is no wonder why millions of tourists visit the country every year. One of the most popular tourist attractions in the country is the mountaintop fortress of Masada, which is located at the Judean Desert that overlooks the Dead Sea. Cable car rides are available at this place where one can enjoy the breathtaking views of the Dead Sea, including the desert that surrounds it.

Another famous attraction of Israel is the Wailing Wall, which is one of the most sacred places where many Jews spend their time in prayer, and where thousands of Jewish worshippers gather to pray and worship the God of Abraham. The church of the Holy Sepulchre is included on the list of the Jewish people's holiest Christian sites. This is the site of Jesus' crucifixion, burial and resurrection.

Nightlife

Most of the people of Israel love to party, which is why it is no wonder that the country is filled with places where people revel. Although there are many things to do and many places to visit during the day, nightlife in Israel has a different charm.

By experiencing the nightlife in Israel, one can have a taste of the different cultures practiced in Israel. Restaurants, clubs, pubs and cafes are great places for tourists to meet Jewish people. The country never sleeps, which will keep you grooving all night. Tourists can choose to spend the night enjoying theatrical music or the thrilling beat in disco pubs. Different places of entertainment can be found in many parts of Israel, especially in the metropolitan areas.

Culture

The culture of Israel has changed during the last 50 years. Generally, their culture is vibrant, varied and very unique, which makes it difficult to describe. A significant part of the population shares the same belief in the Jewish tradition.

The Jewish culture is symbolized with the love for ethnic themes, from folk tales to ancient arts. Ceramics is the most common craft in the country, with religious ceramics being sold in many parts of Israel.

The music of Israel is a combination of Asian, Arabian pop, Israeli hip hop and Hassidic songs enjoyed by many locals. Although most of the population is starting to embrace the modern music enjoyed by the world, most of their music is still preserved.

Cuisine

The food enjoyed by Israelis can be categorized into two famous groups - the Sephardic and Ashkenazic. The former is spicier and has a distinct aroma and flavor, while the latter has sweet, delicious flavor. The world enjoys traditional Israeli cuisine because of its unique flavor. In fact, it has won the taste of many travelers. Some of the most popular cuisines of the country include falafel, shishlik and challa. Many fast foods are also selling Israeli-inspired foods such as blintzes, shawarma and challas, which are more popularly known as rolls and pancakes.