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Lonely Planet : Israel and the Palestinian Territories Paperback – 1 Sep 1999

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 4th Revised edition edition (1 Sept. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0864426917
  • ISBN-13: 978-0864426918
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 13 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,206,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 May 2000
Format: Paperback
This guide book will give you lots of good ideas of what to go see and do in both Israel and the Palestinian Territories. The data is generally well-researched and informative. The maps are excellent. Minus point must be that a lot of the prices (I used the September 1999 print) have gone up by now (Israel IS expensive) and it is not always complete. It's well written and the information is useful. The authors have a healthy critical way of looking at things.
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By BigMan on 5 Nov. 2013
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Out of date, but a lot of info about the area that has not changed. Get Lonely Planet but get the later edition
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7 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Jan. 2000
Format: Paperback
The book is not bad, and is quite useful for a guide to Israel and Palestine. It has good sections on what to see, where to stay, etc.
However, the writers make constant (and in some occasions inaccurate) anti-Israel references. Their bias makes many sections of the book mis-leading.
If however you want to visit Palestine, and wish to be part of their view of the world, the book is great.
In short, do not buy this book if you want to visit Israel.
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
If only they spent more time on research... 27 Nov. 2002
By Andrius Uzkalnis - Published on
Format: Paperback
...and less on campaigning, it could have been an excellent guide. Alas, alas. It would be unreasonable to expect neutrality and even-handed approach from Lonely Planet (although they almost manage it sometimes; the best I've seen was Canary Islands, by the way). Israel guidebook is one example where they feel their political opinion is so valuable that it has to be offered on almost every page.
I am no Middle East expert and I do not know who is right and who is wrong in the conflict - but in any event, I do not want my guidebook to preach to me. I buy guidebooks for travel, accommodation, eating and sightseeing information - and this part is only so-so. The guide has some helpful info (for example, about passport stamps and about beating the bureaucratic system - or at least minimizing its impact). The book has not been researched sufficiently and choices of hotels, for example, often feel they have been picked at random.
There is one thing you realize after reading about a dozen Lonely Planet guides: a very large part of the book is actually cut and pasted from one book to another. When you are paying for a Lonely Planet guide, you are paying for much less particular destination information than you imagine: there are pages and pages of generalities of no practical relevance. Why insult intelligence of a reader with gems such as "pack as little as possible but take everything you need"? I can think of no other reason but to artificially increase the volume of the book so it seems a better value for money.
As usual, information about "Getting there" is very, very poor. Same tired "advice" about buying tickets from discount travel agents (and you thought about buying them from your dry-cleaners, didn't you?), same behind-the-times feeling when it comes to internet (although now there is a reluctantly compiled list of travel sites, which conveniently excludes some of the biggest and the most helpful on-line travel agents, to which the authors are presumably opposed on ideological grounds).
Where sightseeing is concerned, the guide lack focus, descriptions are uninspired and don't feel particularly tempting.
There are many other guides to Israel, take your pick - but Lonely Planet is best left on the shelf, unless of course you want to have a full collection.
72 of 83 people found the following review helpful
If you buy only one guide, this is it! 8 Feb. 2000
By Michael McDaniel - Published on
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I purchased the Lonely Planet Guide, the Knopf Guide to the Holy Land, and the Insight Guide for Israel. All are excellent resources, and really seem to serve different needs.
The Lonely Planet Guide is way ahead in providing helpful info about the day-to-day details of your trip. It has more restaurant and hotel listings and tells you about the feel of the place. It provides suggested iteneraries, which I find especially nice. Finally, it gives details on getting from place to place, which can really help reduce vacation stress.
The Knopf Guide to the Holy Land is a truly beautiful volume which manages to capture the people and history like nothing else. It has fold-out views of the Via Dolorosa and its coverage of all the sites is amazingly detailed and really prepares you to get the most out of your visit.
The Insight Guide's color pictures are nice and I like their presentation of the history, but the Knopf Guide really excells in this, so I find myself using the Insight Guide just as another opinion on which sights to see.
We'll be carrying the LPG to get places, but the Knopf Guide will be our reference once we arrive.
All in all, the Lonely Planet Guide is the must-buy book in this category. Buy the Knopf Guide second.
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Political opinion VS visitors guidebook 22 Jan. 2004
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
I have a number of Lonely Planet guides and this is the only one that goes out of its way to make political statements about the country. Along with that is the poorly researched information about what to see and where to stay.
Shame on Lonely Planet. They are unquestionably the best guide books around except for this one.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Superficial 4 Jun. 2004
By Andrea Bonanomi - Published on
Format: Paperback
I am a LP fan, but after been living in Israel for almost 3 years I have to say that this guide is very superficial. It could be much better ... for example, there are restaurants that everybody know in Israel, very popular, very nice that are not mentioned in the guide. I would expect something more from LP ... sorry :(
23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Bias Does Come Through 11 Jun. 2002
By Maggie - Published on
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Like most of the Lonely Planet books with which I am familiar, this one has a lot of good facts that are very useful for the traveler. The information on passport stamps, for example, is very handy if you plan on traveling in other countries in the Middle East.
However, I have to disagree with avalonwitch and agree with alfassa; the pro-Palestinian (or anti-Israeli; pick your poison) bias in this book is very strong and pervasive. Right from the beginning, one notices things such as the fact that B.C. and A.D. are used, rather than the Jewish or Muslim equivalents (or the widely-accepted B.C.E. and C.E.) There's a sidebar swipe at the Mossad, for example, that concentrates on their "bungles" (of which there are, of course, some) rather than such successes as the detection of the Iraqi nuclear reactor, the successful capture of Nazi war-criminals, and so on. This attitude is all through the book.
That said, there's some good stuff here. I just wish Lonely Planet's editors could have been more even-handed. After all, while Israel has certainly done some things that are pretty awful (e.g., Lebannon), the Palestinians aren't exactly free of blame, either (e.g., strapping bombs to themselves and going to discos to blow themselves up). An even-handed approach would have made this another excellent Lonely Planets guidebook.
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