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Israeli tourists return to Jericho

Israeli tourists increasingly see affordable Jericho as desirable vacation option.
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Winter finally arrived in Israel last week, sending vacationers to warmer destinations. A new one is drawing the attention of Israeli tourists over Eilat in the south and the popular Dead Sea resorts: the West Bank town of Jericho.

Jericho's weather is pleasant, even in winter, and it is close to religious and other tourist attractions, including the Dead Sea, Jerusalem and the baptismal sites along the Jordan River. The tourism website Tripadvisor offers a selection of visit-worthy sites for Christians, Muslims and Jews, not to mention archeological attractions, fine dining and places to unwind. It would be a real tourism gem were it not for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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