I had gone through 5 times security check at the airport because I flew to turkey and elat (south of israel) and maybe because I am not a local there so they paid extra attention to my luaggage. When departing HK, the security of EL AL spent about 1 hr altogether to 'talk' to me and checked my luaggages. I understand the importance of the checking but it was pain in the axx cos I was in n out of the airport several times.
This is the city where I stayed. It is about 20 mins away from Tel Aviv. A very nice area, it has a nice beach. Many embassies are located in the city near the beach, including the Chinese embassy.
This is a view from the Sharon Hotel. The hotel is right by the beach.