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Contrary to popular belief, Israel is one country in the Middle East that is truly worth visiting.

You see, Israel is deemed as the Holy Land – where it all began for the Jews, the Christians, and the Muslims. Jerusalem, which is mentioned numerous times in the Bible and the capital city of Israel, is home to the world’s greatest pilgrimage sites. There’s the Western Wall, which is a pilgrimage site for those who practice Judaism. There’s also the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which is the pilgrimage site for those who practice Christianity. There’s even the Dome of the Rock, which is the pilgrimage site of those who practice Islam. All these sites are located within the Old City, which the Bible has described as heavily fortified with a strong city wall.

But wait, there’s more!

Tel Aviv or Tel Aviv-Yafo, which is located along the Mediterranean coastline and the second-largest city of Israel, is home to modern-day finance industry and technology industry. It’s also home to an estimated population of over 430,000, as well as the Silicon Wadi or the Middle East version of Silicon Valley in California. It’s even home to a dynamic nightlife scene (hence, the nickname Party Capital), as well as a vibrant around-the-clock culture (hence, the nickname The City That Never Sleeps). And oh, don’t forget about the best thing about Tel Aviv: their own spectacular take on engineering and architecture, both of which are evident in the sky-high buildings found all over the place.

Indeed, Israel is one country in the Middle East that is truly worth visiting. Even if you find yourself stranded in the country with only an airport sleeping tent as relief, you would still want to visit Israel – not just for being home to religion and people itself, but also for being home to history and culture itself.