|American Christians at the Jordan River. Standing near them in fatigues is a female Israeli soldier armed with an automatic weapon.|
|Sign warning visitors not to climb on the ruins of an 800 year old Muslim castle (Nimrod's Fortress) in the Golan Heights.|
I met a tour guide who effortlessly moved between Hebrew, English, and Spanish. A beggar on the Jaffa Road in Jerusalem schnorred with equal skill in Hebrew and English. Even a Bedouin offering photo ops with his camel gave his instructions in English.
Coming as I do from a country where many people throw hissy fits whenever anyone speaks a little Spanish, this universal multilingualism was a welcome change.
Really Old Stuff
|The Greek Patriarchate St. in Jerusalem's Old City.|
- The Church of the Holy Sepulchre was consecrated 1,700 years ago.
- Masada was build by King Herod as a safe haven over 2,000 years ago.
- Akko (Arce) has been continually occupied for 5,000 years.
- The oldest structure in Jerusalem is the remnant of a stone wall that dates back to well before the Jewish people arrived in the Promised Land. It is over 7,000 years old.