Israel is a small but very complex country in the Middle East. If you just follow the news, you probably won't have much good impression about the country.
In fact, this is also a very interesting and attractive destination. Let's clarify 4 misunderstandings about Israel if you intend to go there in the future.
With a country as small as Wales or the US state of New Jersey, Israel has a really diverse terrain. The classic image of camels traveling through desert as far as eye sight really exists. But that is not everything Israel has to offer. What else about it may surprise you.
First, to the north end of the country, in the winter, the Hermon region also has snow and ice. People even build ski resorts here. The pictures taken are no different from the landscape in Switzerland.
A little further south, in the Galil area, you will admire the green hills, lakes, waterfalls and forests. At Yehudiya National Forest Reserve, visitors can enjoy extremely interesting and challenging hiking routes.
Adjacent to the Mediterranean Sea is the area where most of Israel's major urban areas are concentrated. Especially the area around Tel Aviv - a truly international city. At this point you will be completely removed from the misunderstanding about Israel that this country is desert.
Deep below the southernmost tip of Israel, adjacent to the Red Sea, is Eilat. In this area you can find coastal resorts full of white sand and sunshine.
Even in deserts, oases also bring lush greenery full of life. In Israel, besides the natural oases, there are areas covered with green because of the country's very famous intelligent green agriculture technology.
Although theoretically the above thinking is somewhat correct. However, that is not what affects the daily life of people. So that could be considered a misunderstanding about Israel.
Walking on the streets of Tel Aviv, even when the northern border is in conflict, is as normal as the other days. Of course, you need to be smart and alert, plus a bit of insight before the trip to stay away from conflict areas.
In short, much of the Israeli territory, especially tourist hotspots, is unaffected.
This is one of the most classic misunderstandings about Israel. Israel's religious statistics may surprise many. The Jews of course are at the top of the list, but the percentage is not absolute, but only 74.2%. The remaining Muslim accounts for 17.8%, Christianity accounts for 2%, the Druze religion accounts for 1.6%. In many areas, like in Haifa, people from many different religions live together in harmony and peace.
The above statistics are for the religiously related population in Israel. In fact, in a 2015 survey, 65% of those surveyed said they were non-religious, or atheist.
Israel is an extremely diverse nation, in every aspect of life. Because of this, this Middle Eastern country has many interesting things waiting for you to discover. Eliminate the somewhat prejudiced thoughts as above because you will surely be surprised by Israel. Travel to Israel, come to the land of milk and honey to discover great new things!
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