Israel in detail


Unsurprisingly, Israel can feel like a bit of a minefield when it comes to etiquette, but there are a few rules that will help prevent from from offending sensibilities.

  • Avoid politics Unless you know someone well, it usually pays to avoid expressing an opinion on the conflict – or at least consider your audience when doing so.
  • Be polite Even if it feels like nobody else is! Israelis are famously brusque – almost proudly so – so don't be surprised if interactions don't come with Ps and Qs.
  • Dress appropriately In Orthodox Jewish or Arab neighbourhoods. Although in most Israeli cities and certainly in Tel Aviv, anything goes.