10 things to know before visiting Israel, the West Bank and Gaza – CNN.com

The Old City of Jerusalem

The Old City of Jerusalem

I came across this feature in CNN as well as the original blog post of the author. I found it interesting to share in my travel blog because some of the tips we usually share during our passenger briefings for our regular Pilgrimages to the Holy Land.

A few days of visit to Israel will not be enough for one to appreciate and understand their history, the inter relation of religions , the reason for conflicts in the area, or see all the significant sites. I had been to this part of the world for dozens of times yet each time I learn something new or else after a year years or months something new comes up.  I still remember around 1980s or 90s , we learned an ancient boat believed to be the one used by Jesus and his apostles were just discovered but it was still being carbon dated and preserved then during the Jubilee year it was shown to the public.

Also during our early pilgrimage travels to this part of the world when my late Dad was still alive, when you say Holy Land you meant Israel.  Now its different. Bethlehem is now in Palestine so you need to cross the border when you visit where Jesus was born.  Jesus died and resurrected in Jerusalem which is part of Israel.  Going further, now Jordan tells us they are part of Holy Land.  That will warrant another blog post however.  In the meantime check out the story below.

Check out the link below, helpful for those who wish to see the Holy Land.

10 things to know before visiting Israel, the West Bank and Gaza – CNN.com.

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