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Dome of the Chain, Jerusalem
Dome of the Chain, Jerusalem

The State of Israel was established after World War II with the support of the United Nations.  The annoucement of the creation of a Jewish state in the Middle East in 1948 led immediately to war with Arab nations that has continued unabated ever since.  The population of Israel is around 8 million with about 75% of its inhabitants being Jewish.  The country is bordered by Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, the Palestinian West Bank and Gaza, Egypt, the Mediterranean and the Red Sea.  Israel is well known for its military strength, its continual annexation of Palestinian lands and its strong support from the United States.  The economic center of the country is Tel Aviv.  Israel claims Jerusalem as its capital, which is disputed by Arab nations.

Climate:

The Mediterranean influence creates cool winters and hot, dry summers.  Away from the coast, elevation can create colder temperatures and even some light snowfall in places like Jerusalem.

Visa Requirements:

Israel has visa exemption agreements with many countries for visits under 90 days in duration.  Customs and immigration officials are very thorough and serious in the interrogation and assessment of tourists at entry points.  Check your specific country at VisaHQ.   For a list of exempt countries, visit Project Visa.

Currency:

The currency in Israel is the sheqel.


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