The British mass circulation newspaper the Mirror has given Israel a strong endorsement as a vacation destination.
Headlined "Israel's mixture of ancient and modern is the perfect recipe for a great sunshine trip" the article describes Israel as "a brilliant country that embraces its past and also looks ahead to the future with a bright smile."
Israel, the writer says, is like a time machine, "often going forward in time then sharply backwards."
He describes the juxtaposition of Tel Aviv – "a 21st-century city full of glass tower blocks and gourmet restaurants" – with "the splendor of the old city of Jaffa and its 6,000-year-old port – the very spot where Jonah is said to have set sail for his encounter with a certain whale."
As usual these days, hip, non-stop Tel Aviv gets a rave review, The city, the writer says, has "enough trendy all-night bars and clubs to rival a night out anywhere in the world."
It also knows how to throw a party, he writes, "and when they start they don’t stop until long after the sun shines bright in the sky – which it does at least 300 days a year here."
But it's not all beach and parties. The writer also raves about Jerusalem, where, he says, "you can’t move for culture and history in the Holy City and it feels as if you’ve been transported back centuries."
He mentions the Western Wall, the Via Dolorosa, the Holy Sepulchre and the "incredible Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque [where] you will find thousands of years of history shared between different religions."
Israel, he concludes, "is a country packed with surprises."