Monday 23rd March
Day 1
Shalom GOD TV Israel Pilgrims!
Welcome to Israel! Welcome Home!
Get ready to have your mind blown. That is what Israel does. One revelation after another – powerful insights from history – coming face to face with ancient times.

Upon your arrival we will drive straight to the beautiful Sea of Galilee in Tiberias, where GOD TV CEO Ward Simpson and our Israel Regional Director, Ron Cantor will welcome the group. Take a stroll on the boardwalk alongside the Sea of Galilee or purchase some souvenirs or if you are tired, you can head to your room to get a good night’s rest. Tomorrow, the fun begins!
Overnight in Tiberius
Tel Aviv Ben Gurion
Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International Airport

The main international airport in Israel, Ben Gurion International Airport, named after the first Prime Minister Israel, is known worldwide as one of the most secure airports in the world.

The airport began as an airstrip of four concrete runways on the outskirts of the town of Lydda (now Lod). It was built in 1936, during the British Mandate for Palestine, chiefly for military purposes. First known as Wilhelma airport, it was renamed RAF Station Lydda in 1943. During World War II it served as a major airfield for military air transport and aircraft ferry operations between military bases in Europe, Africa, the Middle East (mainly Iraq and Persia) and South/Southeast Asia.

The first civilian transatlantic route, New York City to Tel Aviv, was inaugurated by TWA in 1946. The British gave up Lydda airport at the end of April 1948. Soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces captured the airport on 10 July 1948, in Operation Danny, transferring control to the newly declared State of Israel. In 1948 the Israelis changed the name of the airport from Lydda to Lod. Flights resumed on 24 November 1948. That year, 40,000 passengers passed through the terminal. By 1952, the number had risen to 100,000 a month. Within a decade, air traffic increased to the point where local flights had to be redirected to Tel Aviv's other airport, the Sde Dov airfield (SDV) on the city's northern coast. By the mid-1960s, 14 international airlines were landing at the airport.

The airport's name was changed from Lod to Ben Gurion International Airport in 1973 to honour Israel's first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion.

Ben Gurion International Airport … YOUR gateway to Israel!

Tel Aviv
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