Tourism Soars With Record Set in December 2009

A new report confirms December 2009 as the most visitor-laden December in Israeli history.Malkah Fleisher, 1/14/2010, 11:46 AM

Israeli Jews More Tolerant of Islam than Swiss Citizens

Israelis, particularly religious Jewish Israelis, are more tolerant of Islamic religious needs than Swiss citizens, a new survey finds.Hana Levi Julian, 1/12/2010, 5:10 PM

Security Upgrades at Ben Gurion International Airport

Israel has upgraded its international travel security with a new biometric screening system, starting with El Al frequent flyers.Hana Levi Julian, 1/10/2010, 12:31 PM

Times: Blame Terror on UK Campus Islamic Fundamentalism

Islamic fundamentalism on British university campuses may be responsible for the terror attempt on the Detroit-bound flight of December 25.Malkah Fleisher, 1/5/2010, 9:54 PM

Fewer Travelers Fly through Israel in 2009

Fewer travelers flew to and from Israel in 2009, according to government statistics released Sunday. The drop was small, but significant.Hana Levi Julian, 1/3/2010, 4:13 PM

PC vs. Profiling

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Tourism Ministry Tees Off for Golf Courses

Move over soccer; here comes golf. The Tourism Ministry announced a $200 million investment to attract golf tourists to the Jewish State.Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 12/28/2009, 5:14 PM

US-Bound Plane Nearly Bombed By Nigerian, Ties to Al-Qaida

A Nigerian national claims the Al-Qaida terror group ordered him to blow up a Northwest Airlines plane - a passenger saves the day.Malkah Fleisher, 12/26/2009, 8:37 PM

1st-Time Discovery of 2nd-Temple Dwelling in Nazareth

The remains of a dwelling from the last days of the Second Temple period have been uncovered in the heart of the Israeli Arab city of Nazareth.Hana Levi Julian, 12/22/2009, 2:09 PM

Israel Air Traffic Controllers Avert Crash on Highway

Israeli air traffic controllers guided a Russian commercial airliner out of a possible horrific crash on one of Israel's major highways on Tuesday.Malkah Fleisher, 12/15/2009, 8:53 PM

Light ‘Virtual’ Chanukah Candles to Visit Israel

Want to visit Israel? Light Chanukah candles over the Internet and access tourist information and win a chance for a free trip. Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 12/15/2009, 11:22 AM

India's Bnei Menashe Celebrate Chanukah

The 7,200 members of the Bnei Menashe community of northeastern India ushered in the festival of Chanukah this weekend with joy and ceremony.Hana Levi Julian, 12/13/2009, 11:39 AM

End of an Era: Arkia Breaks El Al Monopoly on New Immigrants

End of an era: El Al has lost its monopoly on flying immigrants to Israel, after Arkia wins the right to bring them from the Ukraine and France. Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 12/1/2009, 3:51 PM

Highest Votes Sought for Lowest Point on Earth

Israel asks the Diaspora to help turn the Dead Sea – the lowest point on Earth – to the highest in the world’s seven natural wonders contest. Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 12/1/2009, 10:42 AM

3 Tourists, 1 Pilot Killed in Civilian Helicopter Crash

Three British tourists and a pilot are dead after a civilian helicopter crashed in the sea off the Sironit Beach in Netanya on Tuesday. Hana Levi Julian, 11/24/2009, 5:10 PM

Hiking the Golan: Yehudia Forest Reserve

Trekking the Golan Heights can be an exhilarating experience, and one that should be approached with the right preparation.Shmuel Browns and Hana Levi Julian, 11/22/2009, 3:20 PM

U.S. Denies Visa to MK Ben-Ari

MK Ben-Ari reports that he has been denied a visa to the United States, apparently due to pre-Disengagement protest activity.Maayana Miskin, 11/9/2009, 10:51 PM

Travel: The High Plateau of Ramat HaNegev

A visit to the Negev should be on everyone's itinerary, because only by experiencing the desert can you understand its importance. Shmuel Browns and Hana Levi Julian, 11/7/2009, 6:18 PM

MK Ariel: Slash Peres's Travel Budget

Knesset added NIS 2 million to Peres' travel budget, but MK Ariel says he should not receive funds to continue to praise Oslo agreement.Gil Ronen, 11/4/2009, 10:31 PM

Int'l Delegations, Trade Shows and Conferences Flood Israel

Israel is hosting an array of international delegations, trade shows and conferences this month, drawing global leaders in their respective fields.Nissan Ratzlav-Katz, 11/3/2009, 5:46 PM

Beit Shearim Menorah Caves Restored

Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin unveiled a huge menorah relief at the Beit Shearim burial cave site, which was restored thanks to him.Gil Ronen, 10/27/2009, 9:54 PM

Labor MK Hopes to Ban Gender Separation on 'Mehadrin' Buses

Labor MK Ophir Pines-Paz is hoping to ban gender separation on public buses, including the "mehadrin" lines serving hareidi-religious Jews.Hana Levi Julian, 10/27/2009, 5:23 PM

Venezuela Doesn't Want Israeli Tourists

Venezuela is taking further steps to deter Israelis from visiting the country. A tour group from the Jewish State was forced to cancel its trip.Nissan Ratzlav-Katz, 10/27/2009, 1:59 PM

Travel: Making the Desert Bloom at Sde Boker

Set aside at least half a day for a visit to Kibbutz Sde Boker, home to Israel's first prime minister, a research institute, reptile farm and more.Shmuel Browns, 10/26/2009, 2:10 PM

Israel's Tourism Plunge to Turkey Threatens to be Long-Term

After switching to pro-Iran, anti-Israel side of international constellation, Turkey may find Israeli tourists mean (no) business this time.Hillel Fendel, 10/18/2009, 7:14 PM

Bnei Menashe Celebrate Sukkot in Northeast India

The Bnei Menashe community in northeastern India was able to celebrate Sukkot with lulavim and etrogim from Israel, shipped by Shavei Israel.Hana Levi Julian, 10/7/2009, 5:29 PM

Ein Gedi: Spring of the Goats, Oasis of Lush Beauty

Ein Gedi, a great holiday destination, is an oasis of lush beauty in the Judean Desert along the shores of the Dead Sea. Shmuel Browns, 10/5/2009, 5:28 AM

Visiting the Mahane Yehuda Open Air Market

Let's do some holiday shopping at Jerusalem's Machaneh Yehudah for an eye-opening -- and tasty experience.Shmuel Browns, 9/30/2009, 1:09 PM

Faulty Terror Bomb Saved Israeli Tourists from Death in Sinai

Terrorists in the Sinai Peninsula planned to blow up a bus full of Israeli tourists, but their bomb failed to detonate.Maayana Miskin, 9/23/2009, 10:07 PM

Mumbai Chabad House Chose to Stay Open Despite Warnings

Chabad emissaries in Mumbai, India opened the Chabad House on Rosh HaShanah despite directives to keep a low profile. Hana Levi Julian and Avraham Zuroff, 9/21/2009, 7:09 AM

Court Limits Use of 'Devora' Radar Guns

A Be'er Sheva Traffic Court judge ruled that radar guns are often inaccurate in a move that could affect drivers nationwide.Maayana Miskin, 9/13/2009, 10:29 PM

Photo Essay: Black Gold Beneath the Cliffs of Tzuk Tamrur?

The Tzuk Tamrur cliffs that rim the road down to the Dead Sea may hide a new energy source. The mineral-rich region brims with potential.Hana Levi Julian, 9/10/2009, 1:09 PM

Mongolia and Israel to Discuss Desert Tourism

What does Israel have in common with Mongolia? Deserts. The countries will develop joint tourism ventures to each other’s respective arid regions.Avraham Zuroff, 9/8/2009, 6:59 AM

Travel: Mount Tabor, Sentinel of the Valleys

Jutting west of the Kinneret, Mount Tabor stands high like a solitary faithful guardian, demanding our attention. Shalom Pollack, 9/4/2009, 11:41 AM

Travel: Gush Etzion, Holy Land Heartland

Suffering defeat four times throughout history, the residents of the historical heartland of the country are resolute to remain.Shalom Pollack, 8/28/2009, 4:14 PM

El Al Wins Tel Aviv-Eilat Route

After a Civil Aviation Authority rejection, El Al receives a special dispensation from the Transportation Minister to fly commercially to Eilat.Hillel Fendel, 8/24/2009, 2:09 PM

Travel: Beit She’an-Former Roman Showcase City

Once home to gladiator exhibitions, the Jews have reclaimed the ancient Roman showcase city of Beit She'an.Shalom Pollack, 8/23/2009, 5:23 PM

US Criticizes Israel for Security Restrictions on Tourists

The U.S. has sharply criticized Israel for travel restrictions on Americans, mostly those with Arab origin whom Israel considers security risks.Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 8/20/2009, 9:37 AM

Travel: Mount Gilboa-Once Cursed, Now Blooming

The Bible jumps out of the stones and earth wherever you look from this historic mountain in northern Israel.Shalom Pollack, 8/14/2009, 4:08 PM

High Holidays Travel Warnings and Counterterror Guidance

The Prime Minister's Office issued a travel advisory overview for the Jewish high holiday season. Specific counterterror guidance is also provided.Nissan Ratzlav-Katz, 8/14/2009, 12:21 AM

Please Help Bring Amichai Home!

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22nd Klezmer Festival Opens in Tzfat

The twenty-second international Klezmer Festival is expected to draw tens of thousands of people to the mystical northern city.Nissan Ratzlav-Katz, 8/10/2009, 10:32 PM

Travel: Gamla, the Masada of the North

Josephus records a courageous stand against the Roman Legion at Gamla, an isolated mountain in the north of the country.Shalom Pollack, 8/8/2009, 11:15 PM

Travel: Southern Hevron Hills

Travelling along the road of the Patriachs and exploring Susiya's ancient synagogue are some of the surprises that the Southern Hevron hills offer.Shalom Pollack, 7/30/2009, 11:07 PM

The Western Wall Enters the Twitter Age

The Western Wall has entered the Twitter age with a service that lets people world wide send their prayers to be placed as notes in the wall.Yehudah Lev Kay, 7/26/2009, 4:26 PM

If Jerusalem’s Stones Could Talk

An ancient Jerusalem wall where King Hezekiah and the Prophet Isaiah once tread reveals its secrets.Shalom Pollack, 7/23/2009, 12:20 PM

Haifu U. Underwater Excavations Ranked One of World's Important

Underwater archaeological excavations in Turkey were chosen by the Archaeological Institute of America as one of the most important in the world.Baruch Gordon, 7/22/2009, 3:57 PM

Audio: In Conversation with England's Chief Rabbi

Radio host Walter Bingham in conversation with Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sachs. And, all about a model of the Second Temple. Israel National Radio, 7/22/2009, 12:40 PM

Matot-Masei: An Anchored Journey

The message of the double Torah portion.Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, 7/16/2009, 6:40 PM

C-Section Due to Swine Flu, Mother in Serious Condition

Swedish tourist gives birth by Caesarian section due to complications of swine flu. A second tourist is also hospitalized with serious H1N1 flu.Hana Levi Julian, 7/16/2009, 2:28 PM

‘Stunning’ Art School Exhibit Opens in Jerusalem

The annual student exhibit at the Oman religious art school opened Monday night to rave reviews.Yehudah Lev Kay, 7/15/2009, 2:07 PM

Jerusalem Named #17 Best Tourist City

Annual poll by Travel and Leisure Magazine names Jerusalem its #17 city for tourists throughout the world – ahead of Los Angeles, Paris, and more.Hillel Fendel, 7/15/2009, 1:42 PM

Promoting Holy Land Tourism in the USA

A new Tourism Ministry campaign focuses on Israel's religious and historical aspects. The Tourism Minister will visit North America this week. Nissan Ratzlav-Katz, 7/14/2009, 12:22 PM

Pinchas: A Living Heritage

Lessons from the International Dateline.Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, 7/9/2009, 2:10 PM