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Capital city: Jerusalem.
Currency: Israeli new shekel (in 20, 50, 100 and 200 notes).
Cuisine: Influences come from Moroccan, Arabic and Middle Eastern cooking. Remember, most Israeli food is kosher and is cooked in accordance with Jewish Halkha.
Tipping etiquette: If you’d like to tip, 10-15% is the norm.
Saying hello: Both Hebrew and Arabic are spoken in Israel, so use either “shalom” or “as-salamu 'alaykum”.
WHEN TO GO
The hot summer months are the perfect time to escape here and take a dip to cool off in the Mediterranean. Of course, many people choose to travel here for the winter months and experience Christmas in the Holy Land. Early spring is a magical time, when the lush vegetation springs to life after the winter rains.
The markets are well worth a visit. Ask for a Tax Refund Invoice at any shop showing a Ministry of Tourism sign, and hand it in at the airport for your VAT refund.
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