Israel gained independence in 1948. It is a relatively new country Israel is a small country. It is number 149 in its territory in the world out of 194 countries. You can drive from one end to the other in just 5.5 hours. (north to south).
Israel is a Jewish state and 74% of the
citizens are Jewish. When visiting certain places that are holy/religious such as the western wall and synagogues one should dress modestly. Weekends here are Thursday night until Saturday night. The religious Jews celebrate the Sabbath starting Friday at sunset until Saturday night. The religious Jews believe that the Sabbath is a time to rest by not using electricity, drive or do any sort of work. Most of the country is closed for 25 hours. There are cities/neighborhoods in Israel that you can not enter by car during the Sabbath.
In Israel, we have the NIS (New Israeli Shekel), most places will not accept USD unless you are in a very touristy place.
Israel is a very modern country, it is a country that is very accessible to people and tourists in particular. There are many banks to pull out money from, it is possible to pay by credit card anywhere.
WHEN TO VISIT:
The best time to visit: is between March-May (spring) and October-November (Autumn) because it is great weather for traveling, hiking and you can still go to the beach.
Israel is a Middle Eastern country on the Mediterranean Sea, therefore it is warm here compared to other countries.
Winter in Israel is from December until February. The average temperature in winter is between 5 and 20 degrees, depending on where you are.
Summer in Israel is from June-September. The Summer here is very difficult to deal with sometimes.
Don't forget that because we are so close to the ocean we have high humidity levels that we feel in the summer. The average temperature in summer is between 25-40 degrees. Midday in the summer the temperatures are usually in the region of 35 degrees (depending on where you are in the middle of the day) and can even reach up to 45 degrees down south.
It is very hard to enjoy everything the country has to offer during this time, but it is the ideal time to come and enjoy Israel's beaches.
On that note, I do want to make it clear that you can still enjoy Israel's beaches from May-November.