Israel: A Perfect Ten

Discovering the historic sites, art, architecture, and culinary traditions of this extraordinary country is essential to understanding its people and the conflict that constantly threatens to engulf them.

BY Kevin Chaffee

Jerusalem’s old city walls and the Dome of the Rock as seen from the Mount of Olives observation point near the golden onion domes of the Russian Orthodox Church of Mary Magdalene

Jerusalem’s old city walls and the Dome of the Rock as seen from the Mount of Olives observation point near the golden onion domes of the Russian Orthodox Church of Mary Magdalene

Israel is relatively small, so it shouldn’t be too hard to include these carefully considered suggestions throughout a week-long stay. The tourist infrastructure is excellent – hotels and restaurants have dramatically improved in recent years – and it is quite easy to go everywhere by car on the excellent highway system. Despite varying degrees of tension and always-tight security measures (it’s not uncommon to see a fully-armed soldier standing guard at a McDonald’s), your trip here should not only be safe, but a pleasurable and memorable one, too.

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