Jerusalem – January 13th
Welcome to our latest In Israel Blog. This week’s biggest news is without a doubt that Israel Inside Out is ready to official launch. We have been unofficially live for a few weeks, but, we are now ready to go. We plan to introduce many new features and services over the coming weeks and months. You can stay tuned by visiting regularly, registering your email and joining us on Facebook and don’t forget to tell your friends.
On to other news – It has been announced that the Kishle Barracks in the Tower of David Museum in Jerusalem will be opened as a cultural center in June. This was originally an Ottoman barracks and also became a jail, some of the pre-state underground were “guests” here. It also contains artefacts from Herod’s time and the Middle Ages. The Tower of David is one of our firm favourites and this will only enhance its attraction.
After years of waiting a new toll lane has opened on the Ayalon road into Tel Aviv, as veterans of the early morning jams we hope that makes life easier; so far the signs are not too encouraging but we hope that these are just teething problems.
On another traffic related story Jaffa Road in Jerusalem is about to be closed to all traffic and turn into a pedestrian mall with the light railway due to start later in the year. This is a controversial move, but we hope that the downtown area will benefit. We will update in future In Israel Blogs.
This week’s featured location. I recently completed a walking tour of the Mount of Olives with our in house guide and advisor David Eisenstadt in order to take Mount of Olives photos for Israel Inside Out. As always I was stunned by the beauty of the views and by the diversity. This is the perfect place to reflect on Jerusalem’s unique role in world history as from one spot you can see the holy places and traditions of the world’s three great monotheistic religions.
Finally, to wrap – the weather. I am pleased to report that there has been a few rainy days and even the dry days have felt a bit more wintry. The weather held off and we had a good view of the partial solar eclipse.
Israel gets a large fraction of its water from the Kinneret, and this means that the level of the Kinneret is a national obsession watched at least as closely as the stock market and football results. The current level is 212.81 m below sea level; just over 2 meters above the “black line” but, still just below the “red line.” The current forecast is for a wet weekend lasting into mid next week – so we hope that the wet winter has finally arrived.