THANK YOU KATHY…AND NEXT TIME PLEASE VISIT HEBRON THE CRADLE OF THE JEWISH FAITH AND ISRAEL’S FIST CAPITAL, AND GO TO EFRAT AND ARIEL AND GUSH ETZION AND TEKOAH AND SHILOH….THOSE LOVELY TOWNS THAT ARE STILL CALLED
“SETTLEMENTS” IN ISRAEL’S HEARTLAND…..RSK
Folks who say visiting Israel is like traveling back in time don’t know the half of it. Say: Do you find yourself missing the 1970s — even though, like me, you vowed you never would? That is: Do you miss litter, graffiti, off-leash dogs, free-range cats, smoking on the beach, 13 TV channels, no wheelchair ramps — plus polyester everything?
Because if so, Israel is the 70s with cellphones! You’ll love it! Heck, the same war’s still going on! Seriously: This shiksa just got back from her second trip to Israel — not a moment too soon, from the looks of things — and I’m here with the first of a series of articles that will go from macro to micro.
PJMedia’s own Barry Rubin literally wrote the book on Israel. I read it before I left and recommend it highly. But he’s a Jew who has lived there for years. I’m writing as a gentile two-time visitor.
To that end, I’ll start off with an overviews of major cities and regions in Israel, then drill down in the coming weeks, to cover specific attractions; define words that don’t mean what you (or more accurately, your dorky grad student nephew) think they mean (i.e., “check point,” “settlement,” “refugee camp”); then offer tips on food, language, manners and more.