The Franciscans acquired the site in 1881, which carried out archeological excavations from 1953 to 1955.

Even as the Israel Defense Force (IDF) is facing global condemnation for it's military campaign against HAMAS at Gaza strip, it is getting support from the people of the country.

On Wednesday, Israeli young women found a very unusual way of encouraging their soldiers.

Also being on the beach, Tel Aviv attracts nearly 3 million tourists a year, some coming to see the UNESCO world Heritage Area of Bauhaus architecture.

A final thought: Israel is a geographically small country to visit; the distance from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv is only around 64 km (39 miles) and even Eilat in the far south is only 284 km (153 miles) from the capital city.

The Israeli Ministry of Tourism website exhibits a comprehensive collection of over 2,000 photos depicting views of Israel, attractions and much more.

All pictures are displayed in various sizes for your convenience.From Jerusalem you can take day trips to Bethlehem, birthplace of Jesus.Nazareth, his home town, is in Galilee and is the largest Arab city in Israel.Israel shares the coastlines of the Mediterranean, the Gulf of Aqaba, and the Dead Sea.Israel has a technologically advanced market economy with substantial government participation.Temple Mount is the site of the ancient Jewish temple, and the Russian Orthodox Church of Maria Magdalene is here in the city.