Israel — Our Sweet Home
The state of israel is not large — a little more than 23,000 sq km (8,880 sq mi). North to south — from Nahariya to eilat — is around 600 km; east to west — from Jordan to the coast of the Mediterranean Sea — around 300 km. a network of modern high- ways (roughly 18,000 km (11,185 mi)) and railways (more than 800 km (500 mi)) and comfortable bus- es and trains allow one to easily reach any part of the country. israel also has two international airports, Ben Gurion and eilat, as well as 30 airports with con- crete runways that receive smaller aircraft and private planes. The three seaports of israel, Tel aviv and hai- fa on the Mediterranean Sea and eilat on the Red Sea, receive private yachts. Four seas — the Mediter- ranean Sea, the Red Sea, the Sea of Galilee (lake kineret), and the Dead Sea
all have excellent beach-
es, beachside hotels and re-
sorts. Nestled among these seas, all over the country there are unique and an- cient monuments, the holy places of three major world religions, and the place where Noah is said to have built his ark.
Yes, don't be surprised! here stands one of the old- est cities in the world, Jaffa, which, according to some historical sources, was built even before the Great
Rosh Hanikra ("head of the rock caves")
Above el-Aviv (and Ramat-Gan)