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Israel Makes Condé Nast Traveler’s 20 Best Countries in the World List

Condé Nast is a global media company that produces some of the world’s leading print, digital, video and social brands. One of their publications is Condé Nast Traveler, with a total readership of 5M monthly readers, 16M digital readers and 16M followers on social media.

Condé Nast Traveler recently published The 20 Best Countries in the World: 2022 Readers’ Choice Awards – and Israel came in at number 18.

  1. Portugal 91.22
  2. Japan 91.17
  3. Thailand 90.46
  4. Singapore 90.09
  5. India 90.01
  6. Greece 89.79
  7. Denmark 89.62
  8. United Kingdom 89.12
  9. Italy 89.12
  10. New Zealand 89.01
  11. Spain 88.76
  12. Netherlands 88.65
  13. Ireland 88.53
  14. Croatia 88.33
  15. Morocco 88.23
  16. Sweden 88.11
  17. Sri Lanka 88.01
  18. Israel 87.98
  19. Turkey 87.97
  20. South Africa 87.96
  21. Australia 87.88
  22. Iceland 87.58
  23. Peru 87.4
  24. Colombia 87.25
  25. Finland 87.2
  26. Poland 87.02
  27. Malaysia 86.85
  28. UAE 86.73
  29. Chile 86.72
  30. Philippines 86.66
  31. Costa Rica 86.45
  32. Belize 86.42
  33. Germany 86.39
  34. Malta 86.2
  35. Indonesia 86.03
  36. Mexico 85.99
  37. France 85.42
  38. Argentina 85.28
  39. Switzerland 85.22
  40. Canada 85.19
  41. Austria 84.96
  42. Cambodia 84.9
  43. China 84.63
  44. Jordan 84.11
  45. USA 82.9
  46. Kenya 82.82
  47. Brazil 82.19
  48. Cuba 82.1

If that is not enough to drive the haters insane, their description of Israel surely will:

Israel is a country steeped in millennia of history, and when the country reopened to all visitors this spring, even more of that history was on display than ever before: Take, for instance, the 2,000-year-old synagogue that was recently uncovered in the ancient city of Migdal, or Tel Ashkelon, the largest Roman-era basilica in the Middle East, which is currently undergoing restoration. First-timers and returnees will once again be able to explore the winding streets of alleyways of Jerusalem, nearly four miles of which are now accessible thanks to newly installed ramps and handrails. And the beachfront delights of Bauhaus-rich Tel Aviv have gotten even more chic thanks to the addition of new properties like the Soho House Tel Aviv, the Debrah Brown and the David Kempinski Tel Aviv. If you’ve gotten used to social distancing, you can luxuriate in the boundless expanses surrounding the newly opened Six Senses Shaharut, which sits in the middle of the Negev Desert—and, yes, has a camel stable if you want to venture out even farther.

So the haters can claim Israel is not a real country, and be obsessed with how many spectators have Palestinian flags at the World Cup. But, number 18 baby!

Incidentally, 18 is a significant number in Judaism, connoting ‘life’. L’chaim!

About the author

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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