Zum Thema: Tourism & Nature

Unexpected Rain Falls in Israel

Autumn rain is falling early in the Middle East, with the first rainfall hitting Israel on September 15. With annual back to school energies, the summer climate doesn’t typically break until October. This year however, in pleasant surprise, a splash of rain fell in the Northern part of the country while the weather remained warm.… […]

High Numbers Visit Nature Parks Despite Heat

The hottest months of the year don’t stop about 1,500,000 Israelis and 400,000 tourists from stepping into nature. Just about 2 million people visited the national parks and nature reserves throughout the country during the months of July and August. The most popular site was Gan Hashlosha National Park, also known as Sakhne, which is… […]

Israel Sends Support to the Amazon

Global alarm bells are ringing as the lungs of the Earth burn down in the Amazon rainforest. Thousands of fires are aflame since approximately August 10, which was tagged a day for fire by Brazilian farmers seeking farmland to raise cattle. While the world authorities have been slow to pay attention, social media activists started… […]

Imagining Israel Through Climate Change

Imagine two more months of summer, melting summer nights, and air conditioning as a requirement. As temperatures continue to rise in Israel, and if no immediate changes are made to counter climate change, the Israeli lifestyle will shift drastically. Yet as Israel steadily pumps a high concentration of toxic chemicals, or greenhouse gases, and does… […]

Israeli Photographer Treks for Polar Bears

Amos Nachoum is committed to capturing wildlife behavior, and fearlessly pursues the likes of whales, sharks and his latest conquest to fulfill his dream – the arctic polar bear. In a film called Picture of His Life, Amos, a world-renowned photographer who has twice been named Wildlife photographer of the year, and a team ready… […]

The Snake Scene in Israel

Fear of snakes is widespread amidst the human population, and snakes often get characterized as scary and evil. After a snake expedition into the Israeli desert with two herpetologists, or people who study reptiles, it could be time to retell the snake story. According to André Stehlin, a herpetologist from Switzerland visiting Israel, snakes are… […]

Kibbutz Life Welcomes the Digital Nomad

The Israeli kibbutz has found its entry point into the startup nation’s ecosystem, and it promises WIFI. A staple of Israel culture, the first kibbutz in Degania was founded in 1910. It was built on principles of agriculture, teamwork and safety, and hundreds of shared communities spread across Israel following its pioneering footsteps. Today, mainstream… […]

Nature Reserve Declared in Mitzpe Ramon

A new nature reserve has been declared in the Mitzpe Ramon area, a southern point in the Negev, known for its desert lands and its naturally formed craters. Home to five craters, the two most well-known are the Ramon Crater and the Big Crater. In a recent decision, the Small Crater, or the third largest,… […]

The Rise and Fall of the Sea of Galilee

The Sea of Galilee, or the Kineret, has risen four feet since the winter season began in late October. The increase is a typical result of Israel’s annual rainy season, according to the Water Authority, and is still at the lowest level it’s been in the last 17 years, categorizing it as a hydrological drought.… […]

2000-year-old Stone Discovered in Jerusalem

What began as digging for a new road in Jerusalem unearthed a rare find dated 2,000 years ago. While preparing for construction near Binyanei Ha’Uma near the entrance of the city,  a team, amidst many Roman columns of architecture, discovered one particular pillar engraved in Aramaic language and Hebrew lettering spelling “Hananiah son of Dodalos… […]

Climate Change is Drying Rivers and Killing Trees

Water sources in Israel have reached their lowest levels as the worst drought, going on its 6th year, continues. The Israel Nature and Parks Authority is on a mission to keep Israeli flora and fauna alive and well; however, an increase in human water usage and a decrease in rainfall is a destructive combination when… […]

Israel is Not Prepared for Earthquakes

Northern tremors have run through Israeli earth, and many Israelis seem to be feeling ill prepared for an earthquake. Because of Israel’s growth and development surrounded by conflict, a long life is often short sighted; a likely reason why Israel is dubbed the startup nation. Israeli mentality consists of looking for short term solutions to… […]

1,000 Surfers Protest Gas Rig to Protect Mediterranean Sea

About one thousand Israeli surfers took to the Mediterranean Sea on Friday, June 22, not to surf, but to create the largest surf circle as a peaceful protest. The surfers gathered in Herzliya, a city just north of Tel Aviv in Israel to protest against a gas rig by Noble Energy, who wants to begin… […]

Communal Living and Global Travel Blend

Two Israelis are changing the way people travel, live and work. Enter Selina, a new kind of hostel, and haven, to support both international traveler and local community. When two friends and real estate developers took to South America, they uncovered miles of beautiful beaches and untouched opportunity. Rafael Museri and Daniel Rudasevski lived in… […]

Tel Aviv is a Top 20 Greenest City

City dwellers often submit to the reality of living in a concrete jungle as opposed to a green one. As time progresses and the environment declines, the importance of trees only continues to grow. One MIT-based project called Treepedia is spotlighting the greenest of global cities, in hopes of raising awareness on the importance of… […]

Flash Flood Takes Lives of 10 Youth

When nature calls, it’s crucial for people to listen. On April 26, a tragedy occurred when 25 teenagers went on a school trip to the Tzafit River, and ten lives were taken when a flash flood overcame the popular hiking trail. The group was part of Bnei Zion Academy, a pre-army youth program, and were… […]

Rare Dead Sea Scrolls on display

Imagine Noah himself sharing his story of the ark. Today, a glimpse of his story through a piece of the Dead Sea Scrolls will be on display at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. Seventy years ago, the stories of Abraham, Noah and other biblical legends were discovered. For the first time ever, the ‘Genesis Apocryphon’… […]

Israeli tourism boom challenges industry

The Holy Land has never been hotter, and the tourist industry isn’t ready for it. Thanks to large efforts from the Israel Ministry of Tourism, the Open Skies Agreement, and the relatively peaceful state since summer 2014, a steady stream of tourists want to explore Israel – and surprisingly, tourist hot spots and its guides… […]

Desert Truffles are the New Cash Crop

The Ramat HaNegev Desert Agriculture Center has grown a new, luxurious and exquisite truffle, one which they claim costs almost as much as silver – and about four times more than uranium. The newest desert truffle sells for about $120 per pound and is priced highly, as other truffles, due to their difficultly to cultivate.… […]

Ben Gurion Airport new wing opens

The fourth wing of Ben Gurion Airport opened last week. As air travel and tourism ramps up in numbers, the Israeli Airports Authority created a long-term plan to manage the increase. With the opening of the fourth wing, or Wing E, the airport can now serve about 1,800 more people per hour. The wing was… […]