Israel is a country in Western Asia, located on the southeastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea and the northern shore of the Red Sea. It has land borders with Lebanon to the north, Syria to the northeast, Jordan on the east, the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip to the east and west, respectively, and Egypt to the southwest. The country contains geographically diverse features within its relatively small area.Israel's economic and technological center is Tel Aviv.
Tourism, especially religious tourism, is an important industry in Israel, with the country's temperate climate, beaches, archaeological & biblical sites, and unique geography also drawing tourists. Israel's security problems has no doubt effected the industry, but the number of incoming tourists has nevertheless seen record numbers in recent years.
The climate of Israel is different depending on the region. Israel is described as subtropical; however, the northern and coastal regions exhibit a Mediterranean climate that is hot and dry during the summer and cool and wet during the winter, while the southern and eastern regions display an arid climate. The rainy season occurs between October and May, peaking from December through February.