As a Tel Aviv resident of 10 years, I can say the beaches are disgusting. Wading into the water you are surrounded by plastic bags masquerading as jelly fish. The only truly clean Tel Aviv beach is Ajami in Yafo. Saturday mornings are the worst after the hundreds of barbecuers from the night before have left the grassy areas in disgusting ruins. It's shameful, really.
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from the article: Tel Aviv, Acre and Eilat boast country's cleanest beaches