While staying at a Kibbutz hotel on the shores of the Sea of Galilee we were shown around the permanent residents area. Kibbutz means group in Hebrew so a kibbutz is a democratic group with communal ownership of property. As someone old enough to have been a student at the time everyone was keen to spend time at a kibbutz they seem to have changed quite a lot over the last 50 years.
This fabulous ancient city is a protected national park site. It is mentioned in the bible as the place where King Saul and his sons were hung from the city walls.
Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, has Jewish, Armenian, Christian and Muslim quarters in the old city.
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A visit to the Golan Heights, the battleground of the 1973 Yom Kippur war is a surprising experience. It is actually a volcano covered in sculptures made from abandoned weapon parts.
We stopped in Jericho on the way to Beit Shean. If you’ve every really wanted to tell someone something years after their death you’ll understand how I felt there. I never heard my mother swear in a conventional manner but when she said Hell’s Bells (the buckets of blood were never invoked) you knew you were in trouble.
Going to Israel was never near the top of a very long list but when an internet offer of a weeks tour around the country at a price nearly half of others I had seen popped up in my inbox what could I do?
Tel Aviv feels different from the rest of Israel it has a Mediterranean coastline and a European feeling.