Palestine

Palestine consists of the West Bank, ruled by Fatah, and the tiny Gaza Strip on the Mediterranean coast, ruled by the less moderate Hamas. Travel in the West Bank is far easier, and offers access to all of Palestine's main sights – Bethlehem, East Jerusalem, the Judean Desert, the Dead Sea, Jericho and Hebron. Palestine declared independence in 1988 and is recognised by over 100 countries. Security is tightly controlled by Israel and long delays are common.

Despite extreme poverty, Palestinians make the large numbers of visiting tourists welcome. It is also a magnet for political activists from many different countries who support the Palestinian struggle.

Country

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Why you should go:

It is as safe as it has been in a long time.

Why you shouldn't:

You don't want to encounter Israeli security forces.

Map of Palestine