I will be traveling with my husband, 4 year old, and 1 year old soon. I'm debating whether to rent a car. This will be my 4th trip to Israel, but my first with a family. I feel like having a car will make life easier, but I'm a little uneasy after my credit card company told me they don't cover the car insurance (apparently only three places in the world aren't covered, and Israel is one of them). I guess I'm now nervous about the likelihood of the car getting stolen and/or damaged and how much I would have to pay in deductibles, etc. I don't even know if this is a rational fear and I plan to contact relatives who live there to see what they think. For those of you experienced with car rentals in Israel, is it worth it? Is there reason to worry? Is it easy to use public transportation (and cheaper?).
We will be going from TLV to Haifa. Haifa to Jerusalem and the Dead Sea, back to Haifa, and then back to TLV.
Thank you in advance!