Marinas in Israel
The State of Israel is a parliamentary republic in Western Asia, located on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea. It borders Lebanon in the north, Syria in the northeast, Jordan and the West Bank in the east andEgypt and the Gaza Strip on the southwest, Israel is the world's only Jewish-majority state, and is defined as a Jewish and democratic state in its Basic Laws. The capital is Jerusalem, the currency is the Shekel and the official language is Hebrew and Arabic.
Temperatures in Israel vary widely, especially during the winter. The coast and coastal cities, such as Tel Aviv and Haifa, have a typical Mediterranean climate with cool, rainy winters and long, hot summers. From May to September rain is rare and water can be short though the country has developed many water saving and production technologies.
Tourism, especially religious tourism, is an important industry in Israel, with the country's temperate climate, beaches, archaeological and historical sites, and unique geography also drawing tourists. Israel's security problems have taken their toll on the industry, but the number of incoming tourists is on the rebound. In 2008, over 3 million tourists visited Israel, Israel has the highest number of museums per capita in the world.
Israel has excellent transport infrastructures throughout the country. The main airport are Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv-Yafo, and Ovda Airport in the south. Haifa is the oldest and largest seaport.
Eilat, Israels most southern city
The longest coast in the country is along the Mediterranean but there is also a very short coastal area in the south of the country on the on the Gulf of Eilat (or Gulf of Aqaba) where there is the popular tourist resort of Eilat.