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ISRAEL: THE MOST FASCINATING COUNTRY IN THE WORLD
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THERE IS ABSOLUTELY nothing quite like it.
The traveler to Israel walks through history: from Abraham to King David, windswept crusader castles to ports where seamen, pilgrims and famous travelers spent time; from desert landscapes that were home to traveling tribes, half forgotten armies and merchants in camel caravans, to sheikhs’ tombs with whitened domes, silent monasteries and ancient synagogues decorated with colorful mosaics.
The meeting place of three continents and two seas, the country is a skein of cultures, customs and traditions, a country that was home to many people, cultures and changing religions. On the crossroads of ancient routes of commerce, the land also saw waves of conquering armies: the Canaanites, Hebrews, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Crusaders Ottoman Turks and the British made this much-desired small country into a battlefield where they strove for eminence, built fortifications, castles and royal palaces.
The Dead Sea Scrolls, the most important archaeological discovery of the 20th century.
Israel has seen its rich historical layers sifted through and catalogued exhaustively over the past 64 years of statehood. The Israel Antiquities Authority is the keeper of the State Treasures, including nearly 2 million archaeological objects among them the entire collection of Dead Sea Scrolls, and more than 30,000 archaeological sites.
Silver tetradrachm from the Te'omim Cave, 134-135 CE Obv.: Façade of the Jerusalem Temple. Inscription: "Shim'on" Rev.: Bundle of Lulav and Etrog. Inscription: "For the Freedom of Jerusalem"
Photo: Clara Amit
Some of Israel’s most significant archeological sites, now preserved as national parks and most of them UNESCO Heritage Sites, include:
Masada is one of the most exciting and frequently-toured places in Israel, and relates a story of perseverance and power, faith and surrender, ambitions, and a tragic end. Massada is a place where battles were waged with rocks and flaming arrows, as well as battles of the human spirit.
Massada is situated on the top of a mountain with steep sides and a flat top like a parapet overlooking the desert panorama to the west and the Dead Sea to the east. The thrilling story of the site reveals the courage of the defenders of Massada
and their battle against the conquering Romans.
The story, related against the background of the ancient panorama, is as thrilling as a Hollywood movie, and is filled with tension, struggle, and love.
Hezekiah’s Tunnel. One of the treasures to be explored in the 3,000 year old City of David.
The archeological mysteries buried in the City of David have captivated researchers for the last 150 years. Ir David" or the "City of David” is the actual location of the biblical city of Jerusalem captured by King David over 3,000 years ago.
When David Be'eri (David'le), commander of an elite military unit, first visited the City of David in the mid-1980s, the city was in such a state of disrepair and neglect that the former excavations that had been conducted in the area were once again concealed beneath garbage and waste. Inspired by the incredible archaeological significance of the site, and the longing of the Jewish people to return to Jerusalem after 2,000 years, David'le left his army career to establish the Ir David Foundation.
When the city was defending itself from the approaching Assyrian army in the 8th century BCE, King Hezekiah decided to protect the water by diverting its flow deep into the city with an impressive tunnel system. "Hezekiah also plugged the upper watercourse of the Gihon waters and brought it straight down to the west side of the City of David. And Hezekiah prospered in all his works." (Chronicles II, 32:30)
This engineering feat was accomplished by digging a 1,750-foot (533 meter) tunnel into the mountain. An ancient stone carving found near the entrance describes this incredible operation.
Today, trekking through Hezekiah’s Tunnel in knee-high water is a highlight for visitors to Jerusalem.
Near the exit of the tunnel, the British explorer Captain Charles Warren (who first rediscovered it in 1867) found an ancient Hebrew inscription describing the construction. It says a team of diggers started at each end, listening for the sound of each other's pickaxes, and eventually met in the middle! As visitors slosh through the water, their flashlights pick up the marks of the ancient pickaxes, going in one direction until the meeting point and then going the other way. The water-walk takes about 45 minutes, and is recommended for visitors of all ages tall enough to wade through about two feet of flowing water.
meet the future
ASK THE AVERAGE PERSON on the street what's the first thing that comes to mind when you say "Israel"? Our guess is that the answer won't be "changing the world" or Silicon Valley Part II or a bastion of relentless creativity.
If you asked Bill Gates however, he would tell you that "relative to its size, Israel has done the most to contibute to the technology revolution."
Aside from Sillicon Valley, Israel has the highest concentration of high-tech companies in the world. (more than 3,000)
Tim Cook, CEO of Apple was recently in Israel to launch Apple's new R&D facility outside of the US. "We have an enormous admiration for Israel, not just as an important ally for the US, but as a place to do business.”
The reality is that Israel is indeed changing the world through innovation in the fields of medicine, renewable energy, science and technology.
"Relative to its size, Israel has done the most to contibute to the technology revolution"
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An Israeli company has developed a revolutionary new tool that could allow surgeons to close wounds without stitches or staples minimalizing scarring and risk of infection.
Israeli researchers believe they may have found a way to preserve the fertility of young female cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.
Israeli researchers have discovered that bursts of gentle electricity may slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s.
Israeli scientists developed the first fully computerized, no-radiation, diagnostic instrumentation for breast cancer.
An Israeli company developed a computerized system for ensuring proper administration of medications, thus removing human error from medical treatment.
Every year in U.S. hospitals 7,000 patients die from treatment mistakes.
Israel’s Given Imaging developed the first ingestible video camera, so small it fits inside a pill. The camera, which views the small intestine from the inside, helps doctors diagnose cancer and digestive disorders.
Researchers in Israel developed a new device that directly helps the heart pump blood, an innovation with the potential to save lives among those with congestive heart failure. The new device is synchronized with the heart’s mechanical operations through a sophisticated system of sensors.