Etiquette

Unsurprisingly, Israel can feel like a bit of a minefield when it comes to etiquette – even in liberal Tel Aviv. A few tactics can help prevent offending sensibilities.

  • Avoid politics Unless you know someone well, it pays to avoid expressing an opinion on the conflict; consider your audience when doing so.
  • Be polite Even if it feels like nobody else is! Israelis are famously brusque, so don't be surprised if interactions don't come with Ps and Qs.
  • Dress accordingly While anything goes in Tel Aviv, it may feel more comfortable to cover up in Orthodox Jewish or Muslim neighbourhoods. This primarily goes for ladies, who may opt for dresses, skirts and shorts that hit below the knee, plus covering up midriffs and shoulders. Guys may choose to skip sleeveless shirts, though negative attention for wearing them won't be nearly as severe as it might be for a woman.