National Geographic names "Israel Trail" one of world's best.

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    Jul 27, 2012 2:03 PM GMT
    ISRAEL IN PICTURES

    This is dedicated to my friend Credo, based on this in another forum topic:

    Wolverine4 said
    credo saidLook, I love my heritage. To me, there is nothing more important than spending time exploring your roots. Israel is wonderful. It isn't a shit hole, but it isn't exactly one of this planet's most beautiful treasures, either.

    There's no accounting for taste. Be it in men, or places.
    I find the Arava just as beautiful as Yosemite, even if [completely] different.


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    Jul 29, 2012 6:37 PM GMT
    And all of the above in an area of about 8,000 sq miles!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tourism_in_Israel#International_recognition_and_awards

    The [Ernst & Young] report stated that Israel's most attractive feature for international markets was its religious culture and history and the great diversity it offers within a very small country.[43] According to the researchers, Israel's different cultures and religions, its diverse landscapes, the contrasts between cities (Jerusalem, Tel Aviv), and combination of European and Middle Eastern culture produced a "very high density of experience."
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    Aug 07, 2012 4:09 AM GMT
    IanCT says (below)Palestine is so beautiful. What is israel? Never heard of it. Dirty Zionist

    For those of you who don't already have this troll on "ignore", please don't take the bait.
    This is not a political discussion. Don't feed the troll.

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    Aug 07, 2012 11:26 AM GMT
    Palestine is so beautiful. What is israel? Never heard of it. Dirty Zionist
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    Aug 07, 2012 5:56 PM GMT
    I love Israel, although I didn't get to see nearly as much as I would have liked, I've even toyed with the idea of moving to Tel Aviv.
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    Aug 09, 2012 7:14 AM GMT
    IanCT saidPalestine is so beautiful. What is israel? Never heard of it. Dirty Zionist


    You know, you can separate political discourse from a discussion about the natural beauty of a patch of earth. Calling someone a "dirty Zionist" for thinking Israel is beautiful makes about as much sense as calling someone who thinks Cuba is beautiful a dirty Communist...icon_confused.gif
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    Aug 09, 2012 10:37 AM GMT
    Bunjamon said
    IanCT saidPalestine is so beautiful. What is israel? Never heard of it. Dirty Zionist


    You know, you can separate political discourse from a discussion about the natural beauty of a patch of earth. Calling someone a "dirty Zionist" for thinking Israel is beautiful makes about as much sense as calling someone who thinks Cuba is beautiful a dirty Communist...icon_confused.gif


    I think he was joking!
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    Aug 23, 2012 3:08 PM GMT
    luckyjock22 said
    Bunjamon said
    IanCT saidPalestine is so beautiful. What is israel? Never heard of it. Dirty Zionist

    You know, you can separate political discourse from a discussion about the natural beauty of a patch of earth. Calling someone a "dirty Zionist" for thinking Israel is beautiful makes about as much sense as calling someone who thinks Cuba is beautiful a dirty Communist...icon_confused.gif

    I think he was joking!

    That's sweet of you to say.
    Do you think he was also "joking" here?
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    Aug 24, 2012 2:17 AM GMT
    IanCT saidPalestine is so beautiful. What is israel? Never heard of it. Dirty Zionist


    The hate that you vomit onto the world will never serve you well.
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    Aug 25, 2012 9:02 PM GMT
    It's so beautiful. Would love to see it in person.
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    Aug 28, 2012 10:00 PM GMT
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    Aug 31, 2012 10:15 AM GMT
    The Levant has some beautiful scenery.
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    Sep 04, 2012 3:24 PM GMT
    Christians and Muslims in the holy land call it Palestine, while Jews call it "Israel"

    There is no such thing so -called "Israel". Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine.
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    Sep 04, 2012 3:48 PM GMT
    GalileePAL saidChristians and Muslims in the holy land call it Palestine, while Jews call it "Israel"

    GalileePAL is IanCT's new account.
    (His old one having been deleted for repeatedly calling an African American a "nigga".)

    It's no surprise that he's back to trolling this forum topic.
    But his nonsense is already dealt with in its own forum topic:

    "Palestine" is the Latin/European name for Eretz Yisrael, the Jewish homeland
    and early 20th century Arab denials of the existence of "Palestine".

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    Sep 18, 2012 6:16 PM GMT
    NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE NAMES "ISRAEL TRAIL" AS ONE OF WORLD'S BEST
    http://adventure.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/trips/best-trails/worlds-best-grail-trails/#/israel-national-trail-hike_56712_600x450.jpg

    A truly great trail winds into the essence of a place, so when assembling this list of the world’s great hikes we kept an eye on more than the footpath. We looked for walks that travel deeper into a location’s history and culture. Sure, there’s outdoor adventure on each of these 20 hikes, but the trails also tell a rich story. So here they are, the holy grails of trails across the world.

    Israel National Trail, Israel

    Best For: Long-distance hikers with a love of both ancient and contemporary history

    Distance: 580-620 miles

    Passing through vast empty desert and winding into kibbutzim, the Israel National Trail (INT) delves into the grand scale of biblical landscapes as well as the everyday lives of modern Israelis (with opportunities to stop in the cities of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem). But beyond the immense sense of history and breaking news, the trail powerfully connects to something that often gets lost in all the headlines—the sublime beauty of the wilderness of the Middle East. The southern end of the trail crosses the harsh and lovely Negev, still populated by wandering Bedouins and long-horned Nubian ibex and filled with wildflowers in spring. There’s not much water to drink along the way, though the trail crosses plenty of wet spots. It dips into the 600-foot-below-sea-level waves of the Sea of Galilee, flanks the baptismal River Jordan, and runs along Mediterranean beaches north of Tel Aviv. The southern terminus ends in the resort town of Eilat on the Red Sea.

    Of course, the INT does take hikers to spots that have immense significance in the Judeo-Christian world and beyond. Among these is the sheer climb up the 1,929-foot peak of Mount Tabor, where Barak and 10,000 Israelites defeated Sisear and the Canaanites as recorded in the Bible’s Book of Judges. The heights of Mount Carmel are sacred to Jews and Christians as well as to Ahmadiyya Muslims and followers of the Bahá'í faith. More modern sites, such as the Metzudat Koach memorial, commemorating 28 soldiers who died taking a fort in the 1948 Arab-Israeli conflict, speak to the still ongoing tensions between Israelis and Palestinians. But life on the trail is safe and far from current hostilities. In fact, the joy of the trail is meeting the Israelis hiking it and spending some time in small kibbutzim where the local people will take hikers into their homes. On the trail, there is peace and friendship.

    When to Go: The early spring (February to May) is the best time to enjoy the trail. Avoid the heat of summer.

    Shortcut: The trail is divided into 12 smaller sections, each of which makes a worthwhile shorter trip. For a one-day excursion, the three-mile climb to the top of Mount Tabor and the Church of the Transfiguration overlooks the Jezreel Valley to Mount Carmel, the Galilee, the Golan Heights, and Mount Hermon.

    Insider Tip: The biggest blessing here comes in the form of “trail angels” along the INT who give a helping hand and often offer a place to stay free of charge to thru-hikers. The updated list of trail angels with contact information is located here.
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    Oct 02, 2012 10:23 AM GMT

    Must ... go.. to .. Israel!!!!!!!