Israel: The Bucket List
Main International Airports: Ben Gurion International, between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Ovda Airport (60 k north of Eilat). Eilat Airport (mostly domestic) is scheduled to be replaced by Timna International Airport in 2014.
Currency: New Israeli Shekels: NIS.
Population: Nearly 8,000,000.
Capital: Jerusalem. Most embassies are located in Tel Aviv.
Climate: Mediterranean. Generally dry, with the rains (such as they are) running from autumn into spring. Winters are mild, although temperatures can dip below freezing at higher elevations. Summers can be very hot. Negev Desert in the south. Greener, cooler Galilee in the North.
Language: Hebrew. Arabic and English are also widely spoken (and most street signs are in all three languages).
More facts, including Visas for US citizens: US State Department. Visa information for other nationalities.
Time zone: Tel Aviv: Standard time = UTC+ 2. See World Clock for seasonal adjustments.