ABOUT Israel is located in Southwest Asia between the Mediterranean and the deserts of Syria and Arabia. The country's geographical borders are the Mediterranean to the West, the Jordan Valley Rift to the East, the mountains of Lebanon to the North with Eilat Bay marking the country's southern tip. Although small in territory, Israel's landscape and climate are varied, and its dense population does not interfere with a wealth of plants and wildlife, as well as many natural attractions. Israel has many vacation sites that offer a variety of leisure and sports activities. You can walk among sanctified historical and archeological treasures, wander among fascinating geological formations, or stroll through unique nature sites and panoramas. The choices of recreation are virtually unlimited. Accommodations range from deluxe hotels, which offer all the amenities, to rustic campsites for nature lovers. Vacationers can luxuriate in alternative treatments, bask in saunas and whirlpools, or hike on rugged hiking trails, attend classical music and dance concerts, or go to a noisy soccer match. Tel Aviv is a perfect city for tourists and people who love having fun. It is a bustling city of lights, saturated with a vivacious passion for life while offering every possible type of evening entertainment. The city offers a host of amazing variety of cultural venues: music clubs and dance parties offer you every style of music, mixed and spun by world class DJs; movie theaters screening the current and greatest classic movies; theaters presenting classic and modern plays or amusing stand-up comedians; dance companies from Israel and around the world; music, cinema and performing arts festivals and street shows.

CLIMATE January is the coldest month, with temperatures from 5 C to 10 C, and August is the hottest month at 18 C to 38 C. About 70 percent of the average rainfall in the country falls between November and March; June through August are often rainless. Rainfall is unevenly distributed, decreasing sharply as one moves southward.

BEWARE There is a high threat from terrorism. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers, such as, hotels and restaurants. Most visits to Israel are trouble-free. However, the theft of passports, credit cards, and valuables from public beaches is commonplace, so keep your personal belongings in a safe place. If travelling on your own and not in a group be particularly careful to keep wallets, money, and valuables out of sight. Crime is generally not a problem, but you should take precautions to protect yourself and your belongings.