About 265 miles from north to south, Israel lends itself to a two-week itinerary by chauffeur-driven car (some cities, such as Nazareth, are extremely congested). Also, if you want to cross into the Palestinian-controlled West Bank — to Bethlehem, for instance — assistance is essential. The high-tech and financial industries continue to boom, and a dynamic economy has created an accelerating demand for new hotels and restaurants of an international standard. As of this writing, Israel is at war with Hamas, but we hope that the conflict will end soon.

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