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Israel side of the map Israel is like any other western country. The Israelis are warm and kind people. Street thieves and pickpockets are very uncommon. Because of the political/religious tension, Israel security systems and regulations are world class, as is medicine, technology etc. Of course it has places that you should be extra cautious, or aviod. ...


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You can just cross through these zones. No extra visa required. There may be checkpoints where the Israeli army will have a look at your passport or scan your bags (such as e.g. the Bethlehem checkpoint). But on some road blocks they may just wave you through (such as e.g. on the road 90 in the Jordan valley). It all depends on the current situation ... In ...


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As an Israeli with some Israeli-Arab and Palestinian friends I've found that English is understood (even if not spoken) pretty much everywhere. In Israel, English is taught for 10 years, and most people - especially in tourism and in the richer parts of Israel (Gush Dan - central Israel) - will be fluent English speakers. In touristy places, people will ...


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English is taught in Israeli schools from primary school, and as you mentioned, foreign media is subtitled and not dubbed (except for media targeted toward children). Most people have at least basic or better knowledge of English and will be able to help a tourist. Also most public signs have an English translation, and many restaurants will have an English ...


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TL;DR: It's complicated. I've been to Gaza once a long time ago, in happier days when Yasser Arafat Int'l wasn't a heap of rubble. At the time arriving by plane was straightforward (buy ticket, fly to Gaza), but crossing by land was complicated even then and has become much worse since. This answer is a synthesis of what I understand from the friend who ...


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No. Stay in Tel-Aviv to visit Tel-Aviv and then move on. Tel-Aviv is a cool city, the coolest in Israel, but exploring the whole country from there is cumbersome. One of the highlights in Israel is Jersualem. Visiting Jerusalem takes some days. This means that you have to travel several times back and forth along the same road. The roads are congested. You ...


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I've been there a few years ago so I don't really know how recent facts affected the safety of that area but since it has always been a "conflict zone" I'll give you my two cents. Jerusalem isn't considered to be in the West Bank. Fully equipped Israeli soldiers are deployed everywhere in the city as are security cameras. It's a very sensitive area but I've ...


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It is possible. You can get to Kiryat Arba by public transportation from Jerusalem (Egged central bus station, DO NOT take any Arab transportation from the old city), and you can get to the site in Hebron from Kiryat Arba, in an organized manner, under IDF/Police protection. You may be able to find organized tours from Jerusalem or other central locations ...


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We stayed in a kibbutz at Ein Gedi which was nice. I liked that we avoided the big 'glitzy' hotels on the dead sea and while it wasn't luxurious it was very comfortable. Plus, it was interesting to learn more about kibbutz life which is a big part of the culture in Israel and we were close to the Ein Gedi spa where we took a dip in the dead sea. We stayed ...


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I was very concerned about renting a car when we went to Israel because most all of the car rental companies are very particular about not driving in the West Bank. And driving around the West Bank can be a much longer trip than driving through it! It turned out not to be much of a concern for two reasons. The highway that goes through the West Bank is well ...


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NB: All information posted in my answer is based on a blog post by Alexander Lapshin. I have not personally visited Palestine. Geography The West Bank is divided into three zones: ] Zone A (red on the map) is under complete Palestinian control. It is officially forbidden for Jewish Israeli citizens to visit Zone A without a special permission, out of ...


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Between major cities in Israel the bus is a very good option. The Egged 480 bus from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv costs about 20NIS and takes about an hour. It runs about every 10 minutes or so. In Tel Aviv you pick it up at the Central Train station. There are also frequent buses from J-m and TA to most major cities in Israel. Just be careful when traveling ...


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It would be safer and easier to find accommodation in Israel, and look for an organized ride to Bethlehem, instead of being in the PA areas on your own. Although Bethlehem is (relative to other Palestinian cities) safe for foreigners and the Palestinians are making special efforts during the Christmas season, it's better not to take extra chances. Also, the ...


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"Normal" times Israel is generally a safe country. Crime levels are low and generally people are warm and friendly. I have hitchhiked extensively throughout the country and only felt unsafe only once, in the South when there was a group of big aggressive dogs. In the Palestinian areas of the West Bank it's important to not speak Hebrew or show pro-Israeli ...


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My friends visited Neve Zohar (map, possible accommodation) last year and were very pleased with it. Also there are more zimmers (this name for "hostel" in Israel, it is German word, it means "room") accross the Dead sea, you can easily find them.


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If you are planning on visiting/climbing Masada, it is in a convenient location close to the Dead Sea. There is a great, relatively new hostel at the foot of Masada connected to the cable car. It's about half-way between the Dead Sea resorts of Ein Gedi and Ein Bokek (~15 minute drive from each). There is something to be said about staying at a hotel ...


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Tel Aviv and Jerusalem are both large cities near the center of the country, which is to say that they are both good choices for you. Tel Aviv has the advantage of being on the coast, and therefore closer to Haifa, the other large city in the north (away from the Gaza Strip), meaning that it is the better base for visiting Israel alone. But Jerusalem is ...


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Use English, period. Not that using Hebrew is the problem, but why use the language of the people whom Palestinian see as the people who took their land? use the language that will make them feel respected, their own mother language. In addition to that, unlike "1948 Arabs" who live in Israel and they are mostly bilingual, the general Palestinian ...


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The security situation in this region is a bit precarious, but that's nothing new. It has always been so. This means that you can go there, but that you have to be cautious. The Syrian crisis is not a reason to stop traveling to Israel. The same if true for the West Bank. Indeed, there are some more dangerous places in the West Bank, especially in the ...


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Crossing into the West Bank itself is simply a matter of continuing on whatever road you were already on and passing a check point, (though usually they are only checking anyone going the other way) and it's perfectly doable with an Israeli taxi, or any one else willing to take you there for that matter. Furthermore, it's just as doable to procede from ...


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It may depend on which crossing you will use. If you go by the Allenby bridge, and return by the Allenby bridge within the visa validity, you don't need a multiple entry visa. They also do not make any stamp on your passport on the Jordanian side (and you can ask for no stamp on the Israeli side) at this border crossing. From a much older version of the ...


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As a Palestinian, the majority of Palestinians who can speak English fluently is high. For example, in my class you can take 10 students who can speak it fluently, and 10 students will speak English but with some mistakes either in grammar or vocabulary. The rest of them will speak and understand the basics. Maybe the reason why we Palestinians speak ...


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There is a great post about this exact issue on Quora. To answer your questions... Since October 2000, a military warrant of a major general in the IDF central region command (Maj. Gen. Itzhak Eitan at the time) forbids Israelis from entering into the Palestinian Authority A areas (as designated in the Oslo accords). The warrant is very short (1 page,...


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I think I would pick Jerusalem, but both would be decent choices, they are a short bus trip apart anyway.


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I am not familiar with Dutch policies on this and I don't actually know if there is a (higher) chance they would send him back but I have some experience with other related situations. For example, I know a number of countries that would let people holding a passport from Northern Cyprus enter their territory but still issue visas on a separate piece of ...


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We rented a car in Jerusalem and drove along the West Bank (to Ein Gedi), back up to to Tiberius, and down to Tel Aviv. No problems at all, other than being search pretty thoroughly at a checkpoint while going back north (i.e. after driving down the West Bank and back). They were stern but nice, and implied that they were not suspicious of us, but had to ...


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The website of the United States Department of State suggests that this is not possible: Individuals with Israeli citizenship, regardless of other nationality, including U.S. citizenship, are prohibited from entering Gaza, entering or departing Jordan via the Allenby/King Hussein Bridge, and are generally prohibited from traveling to parts of the West ...


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The short answer is that English will work for almost all tourist transactions in both Israel proper and the West Bank. Long distance bus drivers are required to know English, but sometimes it’s weak. Taxi drivers may pretend not to understand "Please use the meter".


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I'm currently living in Bethlehem in West Bank (for three months), I'm Spanish. It is safe if you are tourist and don't go to demonstrations or activist events. Israeli security forces will make you a lot of questions in the Ben Gurion airport (or in the airport in your country) about your visit for "security reasons" and maybe some will be private (of ...


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No, they aren't. From reading Power plug & outlet Type H and Power plug & outlet Type O it appears that they are not compatible. The latter link explicitly says Although they look similar, type O plugs are not interchangeable with the Israeli type H Also from Israel SI32 (Type H) it says The pre-1989 system has three flat pins in a Y-shape,...


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