Jericho is the oldest continously inhabited city in existence - the first ancient city was established in approximately 8,000 BC. Today Jericho is a popular winter resort, where people enjoy themselves at a get-away where the winter climate is relatively mild.
Jericho has something for everyone: along the Jerusalem-Jericho raod are a number of historical sites: Bethany, Al-Khan Al-Ahmar, Wadi Qelt, Maqam Nabi Musa, Maqam Hasan Al-ra'l and Maqam Aisha, Herod's Palace, Old Jericho (Tell Al-Sultan), Mount of Temptation, The Sugar Mills, Hisham's Palace, Qumran, the Dead Sea and the River Jordan. Jericho also has an abundance of Part Restaurants for an enjoyable family outing.
The West Bank and Gaza Strip now are administered to varying extents by Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA). Pursuant to the May 1994 Gaza-Jericho Agreement and the September 1995 Interim Agreement, Israel transferred most responsibilities for civil government in the Gaza Strip and parts of the West Bank to the PA, while retaining responsibility in the West Bank and Gaza Strip for external security; foreign relations; the overall security of Israelis, including public order in the Israeli settlements; and certain other matters. In addition to most of the Gaza Strip and the Jericho area, which were turned over to the PA in May 1994, Israel began redeploying its forces in the West Bank and turning over major towns and villages to the PA in late 1995.
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