This is a collection of Sandalsand’s pictures from Israel and Palestine. Most images are from Jerusalem, some also from the West Bank and parts of Israel.
If you look up all articles from Israel and Palestine, you will also find a world heritage site and a regular travelogue. Before anything else, start with these pictures from Israel and Palestine.
Israel has a rich history. My visit many years ago was for the most part concentrated on Jerusalem and Sea of Galilee, in addition to Bethlehem on the West Bank (Palestine).
Afterwards, find more photo galleries on Sandalsand.
Fast facts about Israel
Learn about Israel on Wikipedia, here. What follows is a moderated excerpt:
Israel is a country in Western Asia. It is on the southeastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea and the northern shore of the Red Sea, and shares borders with Lebanon to the north, Syria to the northeast, Jordan to the east, and Egypt to the southwest. It also borders the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip to the east and west, respectively. Tel Aviv is the economic and technological center of the country, while its seat of government is in its proclaimed capital of Jerusalem.
In its Basic Laws, Israel defines itself as a Jewish and democratic state, and as the nation-state of the Jewish people. The country is a liberal democracy with a parliamentary system, proportional representation, and universal suffrage. The prime minister serves as head of government and the Knesset is the unicameral legislature. Israel is a developed country and an OECD member, and has a population of over 9 million people as of 2021.
It has the world’s 31st-largest economy by nominal GDP, and is the most developed country that is currently in conflict. The standard of living in Israel is the highest in the Middle East, and the country ranks high on the global HDI list. Israel also ranks among the world’s top countries by percentage of citizens with military training, percentage of citizens holding a tertiary education degree, research and development spending by GDP percentage, women’s safety, life expectancy, innovativeness, and happiness.
Fast facts about Palestine
Learn about Palestine on Wikipedia, here. What follows is a moderated excerpt:
Palestine is a de jure sovereign state in Western Asia. It is officially governed by the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and claims the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. However, its claimed territory has been occupied by Israel since the Six-Day War of 1967. The West Bank is currently split into 165 Palestinian “islands” under partial Palestinian National Authority (PNA) civil rule. There are 230 Israeli settlements. Gaza is under rule of Hamas.
Palestine has a population of 5,051,953 as of February 2020, ranked 121st in the world. Although Palestine claims Jerusalem as its capital, the city is under the control of Israel. The international community does not recognize Palestine’s and Israel’s claims to the city. The State of Palestine has been recognized by 138 of the 193 UN members. It has since 2012 had a status of a non-member observer state in the United Nations.