I'm so jealous of those who've been to Israel

  • wesv

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    Jan 30, 2015 8:56 PM GMT
    Israel is home to Tel Aviv, one of the best places to be gay. The best nightlife and beautiful men on every corner on the south side of the city.

    Who's been to Israel? Share your experience.
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    Jan 30, 2015 10:27 PM GMT
    Stop fetishizing us!
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    Jan 30, 2015 10:59 PM GMT
    Throughout my life I have spent a total of 23 weeks in Israel, including ten weeks as a volunteer in Ishfya, on the summit of Mt. Carmel. The rest of the time consisted of one week in Tiberias, and twelve weeks at a backpacker's hostel in the Old City of Jerusalem.

    I have visited Tel Aviv on several occasions, as day trips from Jerusalem, or as a stopover on my way to the airport. Although the city has an impressive stretch of beach, I was not that keen on the city itself.

    Downtown Haifa was equally unimpressive, until I climbed Mt. Carmel on a path linking the city centre to the summit, where the town of Carmel sits. From there the views of the city and the coastline stretching up to Acre was so stunning.

    Finally, what can I say about the Dead Sea, with the desert oasis of En Gedi on the west side of the salt lake, the spectacular mountain ruins of Herod's Palace on Mt. Masada, and the colourful corals under the turquoise waters of the Red Sea, at the resort of Eilat?

    I apologise for describing Israel as a tourist's point of view rather than seeking out gay experiences on the beach of Tel Aviv. But believe me, rather than feeling jealous of those who have been there, you should make an effort to visit the country and see the historic and natural splendour it has for yourself.
  • HottJoe

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    Jan 30, 2015 11:00 PM GMT
    theantijock saidStop fetishizing us!

    LOL
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    Jan 31, 2015 2:02 AM GMT
    Well, if it's gay Israel experiences you're looking for I can't provide a lot of insight since I was "straight" then and didn't "do nightlife" but I can describe some pretty homoerotic missed opportunities:

    1) Worked in a Palestinian youth hostel run by French Jews frequented by anti-Israel European backpackers enjoying what Israel provided them - security, modern conveniences like closed sewers, ready access to holy sites of all faiths, and freedom to criticize, which the guests chose to do in abundance - in fact, they tried to provoke arguments between the Jewish employees and Palestinian owners who got along and would literally have to tell those guests to chill and have a cup of tea. The owner's son was about my age, sometimes shirtless, with a lithe, wiry chiseled torso and legs almost as skinny as his mustache; he loved to take me on at arm wrestling because he was surprisingly strong. When I recently googled that hostel it appears to have since developed a reputation for recruiting European youth into the West Bank and Jordan for terrorist training. Though I don't trust Google as my go-to news source.

    2) Became friends with a 19 year old Palestinian bodybuilder, who'd competed in and perhaps won (who can remember) Teen Mr. Jordan, whose pro-Israel parents owned stores in the Old City's Arab souk which had thrived exponentially since Israel acquired, modernized and restored its four Quarters after Israel was attacked in the Six Day War. You should've seen his house in the Arab Quarter, even then worth a fortune. We'd met cute - me, lanky yet muscular and jockish with a shock of brown hair, white cotton pants and a tight college t-shirt scissored into a spaghetti tank given the heat, nimbly strolling the souk, and he calling after me "How do you spell 'clearance'?" with me responding "S-A-L-E." I was only a few years older but looked a few years younger than him; he was a big boy with a very handsome but almost brutish clean-shaven but heavily shadowed face neanderthalized, presumably, by steroids, and he constantly got snatch, which I can attest to as his wingman Friday nights at the Wailing Wall, where we went to pick up chicks. I suspect that if at any one time he didn't land a date I'D have been on the menu, and it would've taken three of me to fend him off if I'd been so inclined.

    3) In the same tank top and snug Dolphin shorts (it was the '80s, fellas), even oblivious me couldn't help but notice that I was severely turning on the old paunchy Arab shepherd who engaged me in a needlessly long conversation in a deserted valley in the middle of nowhere at the ruins of a German Crusader castle near Galilee.

    4) That gorgeous, green-eyed, muscular Israeli windsurfing instructor in the black speedo in Tel Aviv. 'Nuff said.

    From a visual tourist perspective, it's like Turkey: spectacular ancient ruins, religious sites, and geography, except Israel's so small that you can practically go from brutally hot desert (Negev) to verdant beach (Ashkelon) to frost-covered hills (Golan Heights), from what feels like Ghana (Eilat) to what feels like Boca (Caesarea), like "The Little Prince" - by just shifting your chair.

    Click on the link to see pics of the national park in Ashkelon a hair north of Gaza, ancient home of the Philistines. Back in the day I'd crash in a sleeping bag there, with visions of Victor Mature and Hedy Lamar in my head; now I don't think I'd be able to sleep there at night: https://www.google.com/search?q=ashkelon+national+park&biw=1040&bih=633&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=a9jNVMekJoScNtrMg-AG&sqi=2&ved=0CC0QsAQ
  • ASHDOD

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    Jan 31, 2015 3:40 PM GMT
    Please do fetishiz us! icon_lol.gif
    there are plains you know...
    and the way you look ,you will fit very well in tel aviv ,lots of hunks and they will LOVE that prreety hot body icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 31, 2015 5:49 PM GMT
    Interesting stories here, that move Israel up on my list of places to visit. We were off its coast during the 1973 Yom Kippur War while I was in the USN, but we never got ashore. I still wonder about travel security, though I understand that El Al has the best security in the world; they have to!
  • wesv

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    Feb 01, 2015 12:05 AM GMT
    Ashdod saidPlease do fetishiz us! icon_lol.gif
    there are plains you know...
    and the way you look ,you will fit very well in tel aviv ,lots of hunks and they will LOVE that prreety hot body icon_smile.gif


    Is that true? Because here in California it's hit or miss on whether or not a guy thinks I'm cute.
  • mwolverine

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    Feb 01, 2015 2:23 AM GMT
    MGINSD saidI understand that El Al has the best security in the world; they have to!

    Yup. From interviewing passengers before they board planes (which in one case prevented the unsuspecting - and pregnant - fiance of a terrorist from Trojan-horsing a bomb he had packed in her bags) to this...

    El Al fits fleet with anti-missile system
    http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/travel/flights/2006-02-16-anti-missile-airline-system_x.htm
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    Feb 01, 2015 6:09 AM GMT
    What's there to be jealous about? Just go and visit. There's thing called an airplane. It helps you travel to places near and far.
  • wesv

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    Feb 01, 2015 6:57 AM GMT
    xrichx saidWhat's there to be jealous about? Just go and visit. There's thing called an airplane. It helps you travel to places near and far.


    I wish it's that easy. Plane tickets ain't cheap and I don't have a passport.
  • Antarktis

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    Feb 01, 2015 4:03 PM GMT
    Passports used to take 40 days. Not sure now, the rules changed. icon_question.gif
  • genotype2013

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    Feb 01, 2015 5:26 PM GMT
    I can't say a thing about the tourism or gay culture in Israel, but I can say that Israeli men must be the most gorgeous men I've ever seen. They are rugged and sensual and very easy to look at. I cannot say how many times I've seen a news blurb with Israeli men in the background and I catch myself saying GOD DAMN! Each and every time.
  • ASHDOD

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    Feb 01, 2015 8:11 PM GMT
    a ticket from new york to tel aviv cost around 1400 us and u can get it cheaper even down to 900 ,you guys earn in dollars, go travel the world .
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    Feb 01, 2015 10:49 PM GMT
    It's not hard. Just set aside $100 a month and you'll have the airline fare. That's $25 a week. Probably the same amount you spend at bars on the weekends.

    Passports are easy. If your family isn't on any terrorist watch list, you can get one in less than a month. I got mine in less than 2 weeks.
  • mwolverine

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    Feb 02, 2015 6:42 AM GMT
    We should put together an RJ tour group and go for Tel Aviv Pride next year (so y'all have 16 months to save up).
  • wesv

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    Feb 02, 2015 7:06 AM GMT
    mwolverine saidWe should put together an RJ tour group and go for Tel Aviv Pride next year (so y'all have 16 months to save up).


    Tel Aviv ya habibi. I always wanted to go. It looks so much fun online and in magazines.