Israel, West Bank and Jordan

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Nowhere in the world is ancient history and contemporary politics so entangled as it is in modern Israel. An interest in both made Israel an irresistable magnet. So when an unexpected opportunity arose to visit the country, there was no way we would let it slip by.

A country born out of conflict, Israel has never known peace. The 'Law of Return' has given Jews and those of Jewish ancestry, the right to migrate to and settle in Israel and gain citizenship. Consequently every culture and skin color is represented in this diverse population.

In our few days of traveling around this country, we came across Jewish Israelis with worldviews that ran the gamut from hardline Zionists to those who support the efforts towards peace between Israelis and Palestinians. We stayed at an Arab run hotel within the walls of the Old City and another just outside run by a Greek Orthodox Christian. These encounters made for a rich tapestery of experiences that made the trip unforgettable.

Itinerary (May 2010)

Day 1 Arrive Jerusalem, Western Wall during Shabbat
Day 2 Mount of Olives, Bethlehem (West Bank), Via Dolorosa and Church of Holy Sepulchre
Day 3 Dome of the Rock , Ramallah (West Bank), Jericho (West Bank), Jerusalem Jewish Quarter
Day 4 Yad Vashem and Israel Museum
Day 5 Caesarea, Haifa, Acre, Rosh HaNikra
Day 6 Nazareth, Capernaum-Tabgha, Jordan-Galilee
Day 7 Tel Aviv, Eilat
Day 8 Petra
Day 9 Wadi Rum, Aqaba
Day 10 Masada, Dead Sea

Google Map with Markers of places visited on this trip

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