From the desert - with love
Deserts in Israel are not dull tons of sand, but colorful mountains, deep canyons and caves created by wind, water and time. This is a carefully regulated living world, not…

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Orange tree and symbolic whale
The old part of Jaffa has been reconstructed and turned into a tourist center. Here are the workshops of artists, galleries, souvenir shops. But even after restoration, the ancient streets…

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Nazareth. Church of the Annunciation and the Church of St. Joseph
Statistics know everything. One must think that the total number of churches and temples of the Annunciation, erected on all continents of the globe, is also known. But only one…

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never done

How to cross the border of Israel without control?

Now I’m not talking about the transparent border of Egypt and Israel, where the fence is only 30 km from the Gaza Strip to the south, and the second is a short section from Taba to the town of Nakev, 20 km northwest of Eilat. All, there are no more border barriers at all. It’s ridiculous in Israel’s conditions, isn’t it? And the result is a face, more than 1000 illegal migrants from Sudan, Eritrea and other African countries run to Israel every year on foot, this is what the Israeli media write about it.

But we are talking a little different now, although Ben Gurion, mentioned above against the background of paranoid vigilance at the airport, cannot but cause a sarcastic grin. Now I’ll talk about how the control system with these same biometric cards is stupidly put. And I will give two examples from my own practice – Continue reading

The flip side of ostentatious vigilance at Ben Gurion Airport

In continuation of the theme begun by Sergei Dole about what he happened to experience at Ben-Gurion’s Israeli airport, I would like to give a logical continuation. And ask a question – what is behind the phenomenal and paranoid vigilance in relation to tourists visiting Israel. Then there will be a lot of criticism of the Israeli GBists, but from an unexpected angle, to some extent “from the inside” of this system. Immediately I want to ask those who will be indignant (and there will be many such) that I once again encroach on the sacred cow – that is, the Israeli KGB. But the truth is more expensive, and I am convinced that the more often and cynical we hit the nail on the head, the more likely it is that the situation will begin to improve. And the second request to the “cursers” – I express my subjective opinion and my views, therefore I will not respond to rudeness, insults, attempts to threaten and frighten. Continue reading

Farewell to Jerusalem
Jerusalem is a holy city for the three world religions. There is no other place on earth where God is so remembered. Orthodox pilgrims from Russia in recent centuries have…

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Red Sea, beautiful Eilat
And yet it came, the day of departure to Moscow! But I really wanted to stay in Eilat, even for at least a week. The first minutes after arriving at…

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Haifa: welcome to God's vineyards
How rapidly the landscape outside the bus window is changing - the Negev desert dotted with "moon craters", the hills and valleys of the Galilee, Mediterranean beaches, caves, gorges, serpentines…

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Franciscan Order in the Holy Land
But only the Order of the Franciscans earned the right to be called the Keepers of the Holy Land, and its founder, Francis of Assisi, wore the stigmata from the…

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