Netanya, diamonds city
Netanya was founded in 1929 by citrus farmers, but today it is primarily a center for tourism and the diamond trade. Israel is one of the world's largest exporters of diamonds (this is the country's principal export to the U.S.), and Netanya is home to many diamond-cutters and polishers who came to Palestine primarily from Belgium before and during World War II.
To-day Netanya is one of Israel's premier seaside resort cities. Occupying a beautiful stretch of Mediterranean coast, the city provides every manner of salt-water recreation. Netanya's large French speaking community contributes a European flair to this bustling city. Public bus service and the hotel's private shuttle provide transportation between the hotel and the city center. Netanya is conveniently located just off one of Israel's major cross-country highways enabling easy access to many of Israel's major attractions including Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Nazareth, and Tiberias.