We saw most of Israel

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Flag of Israel  , Tel Aviv,
Monday, October 2, 2006


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A small group of friends took this trip to Jordan and Israel with OAT.   The pre-trip to Israel was a trip to Jorrdan, but I have already traveled there, so I met the group in Tel Aviv, the starting and ending city for our journey in Israel.  


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Jelad Peled
, our Tour Director, was the best of all directors I have traveled with before or since.   He was not only informative about the religions, but was also a person with excellent skills in taking care of his fold, sharing his personal outlook about his life in Israel, and being open to suggestions and requests from his guests.  

Since I did not prepare a photo album on this trip (none that I can remember), I'll post pictures and try to identify where they were taken with additional commentary when possible.

Before we headed northward, we visited a tank museum not far from Jerusalem:

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JAFFA:




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Our first tour after leaving Tel Aviv was CAESARIA:

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MEGIDDO:
Then inland to Megiddo.

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From Wiki: In ancient times Megiddo was an important city-state. It is also known alternatively as Tel Megiddo (Hebrew) and Tell al-Mutesellim (Arabic). Megiddo is a tel (hill
or mound) made of 26 layers of the ruins of ancient cities in a strategic location at the head of a pass through the Carmel Ridge, which overlooks the Valley of Jezreel from the west. The name Armageddon mentioned in the New Testament derives from Har Megiddo (Hebrew) meaning Mount of Megiddo.




ZIPPORI NATIONAL PARK:


Zippori National Park is located between Nazareth and HaMovil
junction. It is only five minutes from Nazareth, and roughly 40 minutes from Haifa.


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HAIFA:

NAZARETH:
Virgin Mary's tomb:
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SEA OF GALLILEE:


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The Jesus Boat: DOW Chemical Company donated the special chemicals to preserve this baot.  It was found in the Sea of Gallilee, and the wood was brittle and ready to crumble.


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This site is very important to the Jews, because its history is similar to Masada.

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DEAD SEA:

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JERUSALEM:


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We got a special treat to a visit to the bird sanctuary in Jerusalem not far from the Knesset on prime property.  They have developed this special sanctuary for birds to rest and feed during their migration from Europe into Africa. 

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The Old City:






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BETHLEHEM:
We had to get through this wall-security control to go see where Jesus was born.

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This is the location; a church was built around the site.

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This is the spot where Jesus was born.

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Our travel group:










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