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Israeli rented car to East Jerusalem?

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Israeli rented car to East Jerusalem?

Maybe stupid question:

Can I officialy drive my airport rented car to hotel in east Jerusalem, just over "1949 line"?

I posted mails to rental companies and two hotels in east Jerusalem, but got no answer. Black hole.

Thank you in advance.

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1. Re: Israeli rented car to East Jerusalem?

There is no such thing called a stupid question.

You certainly can drive your Israeli rented car in East Jerusalem.

To elaborate more (Generally speaking):

- Israeli registered car rental companies owned by Israelis can be driven in all Israel.

- Israeli registered car rental companies owned by Palestinians can be driven in all Israel and Palestine.

John

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2. Re: Israeli rented car to East Jerusalem?

Just to let you know all of Jerusalem is in Israel (I am NOT getting into politics, just saying the situation). You can drive Israeli rental cars anywhere in Israel and even in the West Bank in areas B and C. Only Area A which is the main PA cities (Bethlehem, Jericho, Nablus, Jenin, Ramallah, the PA controlled part of Hebron, etc).

These restrictions are regulations by the car rental companies due to insurance not covering Area A. Any actual Israeli rental car can be driven by an Israeli Arab or a foreign tourist into Area A as far as government regulations are concerned meaning no solder or police (Israeli or Palestinian) will stop you from driving into Area A. There are lots of Israeli cars inside all PA cities. You are responsible to honor the car rental contract.

There are some some car rental companies in eastern Jerusalem operated by Arabs that have insurance both Israel and the PA.

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3. Re: Israeli rented car to East Jerusalem?

Of course you can drive your car the 1949 lines, those lines are non-existent for a long time now, although still shown in Google Maps - the 1949 line was the historic cease-fire line between Jordan and Israel in 1949.

All Israeli rental cars can be driving in all of Israel (including all of Jerusalem which is in Israel) and in Area C of the West Bank (Israeli-controlled areas of the West Bank according to the Israeli-Palestinian Oslo II accords).

A minority of the rental companies also offer cars that have insurance for driving inside PA areas - Bethlehem, Ramallah, Jericho etc.

You can use this map to see the current situation on the ground - PA areas are marked in dark and light brown color:

http://www.abmaps.com

An amendment to VisitBethlehem post:

The problem is not whether the car rental company is owned by Israelis or Palestinians, the issue is whether an Israeli car rental company has an additional car insurance for PA areas, in addition to the regular car insurance.

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4. Re: Israeli rented car to East Jerusalem?

You are absolutely right Amos R.

That's exactly why I wrote generally speaking on purpose. Because almost all companies that are owned by Israelis don't bother to get their cars insured to cover Palestine. However, the majority that does that are the companies that are owned by Palestinians.

John

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