ITM Israël & Palestina - 1:225.000
Als er voor een land of streek helemaal geen kaart meer te vinden is om te fietsen dan hebben we gelukkig altijd nog de ITM-kaarten (International Travel Map). De schaal lijkt voor de fietser te grof, er kan echter goed mee gefietst worden. Meer wegen dan op de kaart staan zijn er meestal gewoonweg niet, zelfs de dirt-roads zijn meestal nog terug te vinden. Veel kaarten zijn inmiddels waterbestendig. Hoogte wordt aangegeven middels kleurvlakken.
Over de kaart van Israël & Palestina
This is a very accurate and timely map of a part of the world that is a rock of stability in a region mired in turmoil. Yes, Israel has its problems, and of course life would be simpler if the on-going war in next-door Syria weren't so disrupting, but that's politics and this is travel. By the nature of physical reality, it is impossible to have a map of Israel that excludes Palestinian-controlled areas, but the focus of this map is to include both Israeli-controlled 'Palestinian' areas (almost 20% of the population of Israel is Arabic) and to show the entire region to advantage. Mapping Israel is a bit like walking on eggs; one has to be careful not to offend, and we hope that this map is as non-political as any map can be in the minefield of Middle Eastern politics. Circa today, my own 'feel' for the country is that it is stable, it is prosperous, it is developing, and it is well-worth visiting. The Palestinian-controlled areas are sensitive, and Gaza is off-limits, but all sides appear to be trying hard not to provoke incidents that would be disruptive. Given the situation in Syria and to a lesser extent Lebanon and the risks faced by Jordan, Israel appears open, welcoming, and sensible. It has a well-developed infrastructure, including a marvelous car rental industry, tons of restaurants, historic sites everywhere, excellent accommodations, and a climate that would be the envy of most countries.