Jaffa: Old City, New City

A modern fishing boat enters the ancient port of Jaffa. (photo credit: ©2004 Craig Dunning

The city of Jaffa stirs in the memory of many the Old Testament story of Jonah who set sail from the ancient port of Jaffa as he tried to run from God’s call.

Touch Point Israel has a nice article contrasting Old Jaffa and New Jaffa: Both The Old And The New Are Jaffa’s Lure.

It’s the oldest Israeli port city on the seashore, yet even modern-day Hollywood starlets like Natalie Portman can’t stop in Israel without visiting the ancient city of Jaffa– nicknamed the Bride of the Sea.

 

Top 12 New Fruits and Vegetables Developed in Israel

Nano watermelons in the Jerusalem Market, Mahane Yehuda.

Nano watermelons in the Jerusalem Market, Mahane Yehuda.

Since the first half of the 20th century, Israeli agricultural wizards have been partnering with Mother Nature to bring new fruit and vegetable varieties to the global market, from vividly colored squash to seedless peppers.

Touchpoint Israel provides an interesting article on new fruits and vegetables developed in Israel. Read more

8 Fabulous Food Tours in Israel

In the 1950s, a very young Israel experienced severe food shortages. But in an amazingly short time, Israel’s desert was blooming with fresh produce prized in the Western markets. Israel’s dairy cows gave a record amount of milk, the ancient wine industry was resurrected to international praise and Israeli gourmet chocolate received global recognition.

Fresh honey on the breakfast bar at the Olive Tree Hotel, Jerusalem.

Fresh honey on the breakfast bar at the Olive Tree Hotel, Jerusalem.

Simply put: The food in Israel is wonderful. Most tourists eat most if not all of their meals in their hotels. In “8 Fabulous Food Tours in Israel” Touchpoint Israel will stir your appetite to get out and explore the varieties of food available in Israel.

New International Screening Measures

Delta Airlines has published the following:

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Additional Screening Measures

Effective July 19, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will require additional screening measures for customers flying on international flights bound for the U.S. These screening measures pertain to any departure point where a passport is required to reenter the U.S. Customers flying to the U.S. from an international airport are encouraged to arrive to the airport at least three (3) hours prior to departure to allow time to clear security.

Advice to Customers Flying on International Flights Inbound to the U.S.

  • Customers should follow Delta’s current guidance and plan to arrive at their international departure airport at least three hours prior to the departure time of their flight
  • Customers are encouraged to proceed promptly to their departure gate where additional screening may occur to avoid delay or missed flight
  • Customers can expect to see expanded uses of canine screening at international airports and deployment of advanced technology screening

It’s Watermelon Season

Watermelons in the Jerusalem Market, Mahane Yehuda.

Watermelons in the Jerusalem Market, Mahane Yehuda.

According to the Plant Production and Marketing Board of the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture,

the average Israeli consumes 26 pounds (12 kilos) of watermelon each year. The average American eats 16 pounds per year.

Israelis love their watermelons, which is evidenced by the 100,000 tons of watermelons sold each year by Israel’s approximately 100 growers.

Touchpoint Israel offers “5 Lip-Smacking Recipes for Watermelon Season in Israel.”