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Israel Travel Guide

About 265 miles from north to south, Israel lends itself to a two-week itinerary by chauffeur-driven car. Of course, you can drive yourself — the roads are marked in English as well as in Hebrew and ...

About 265 miles from north to south, Israel lends itself to a two-week itinerary by chauffeur-driven car. Of course, you can drive yourself — the roads are marked in English as well as in Hebrew and Arabic — but some cities, such as Nazareth, are extremely congested. Also, if you want to cross into the Palestinian-controlled West Bank — to Bethlehem, for instance — assistance is essential. Despite routine mayhem in the Middle East, Israel seldom feels like a country in crisis. Here, the abnormal is quite normal, so people just try to get on with daily life. Tel Aviv sprouts skyscrapers; the high-tech and financial industries continue to boom; and a dynamic economy has created an accelerating demand for new hotels, resorts and restaurants of an international standard. 

WHEN TO VISIT

The long summer is dominated by hot, dry air from the Arabian Desert to the east. From October to April, low-pressure systems sweep in from the Mediterranean. 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Passport (valid for six months beyond end of stay). Visit travel.state.gov, and for travelers’ health information, cdc.gov.

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Best Restaurants in Israel

This lively restaurant is next to Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda marketplace. The chefs create modern Israeli cuisine in a colorful open kitchen. Call ahead to confirm opening hours.

10 Beit Ya'akov Jerusalem http://machneyuda.co.il/en

Chef Ilan Garousi serves a varied menu, with dishes from countries as far-flung as Morocco and Uzbekistan. Conveniently located in Jerusalem city center.

41 King George Street Jerusalem http://chakra-rest.com/AboutEng.aspx

Set in an old stone building with a lovely courtyard garden, this has been a Jerusalem institution since 1995. Chef Ezra Kedem virtually invented New Israeli cuisine.

10 Agripas Jerusalem http://arcadiarest.com/en/arcadia/

Chef Meir Adoni combines Israeli, French and Italian cuisines. His menu has been regarded as among the most creative in Tel Aviv since 2002. Closed Saturdays.

57 Nahlat Binyamin Tel Aviv http://www.catit.co.il/

The name means “facing the sea,” and the specialties here are fish and seafood flown in from around the world. The restaurant overlooks the port of Tel Aviv.

24 Nemal Tel Aviv Tel Aviv http://www.mulyam.com/?categoryId=93938

Chef Yonatan Roshfeld’s menu of contemporary cuisine includes tapas and half-portions so diners can try numerous dishes. The restaurant overlooks Tel Aviv’s Mediterranean promenade.

4 Hashunit Street Herzliya, Tel Aviv http://www.herbertsamuel.co.il/
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