Telephone service in Israel is provided by the “Bezek” company
which operates a modern, convenient telephone system as well as other
services. Overseas calls can be placed through three different phone
Barak- Dial Code 013 1800-013013 or 1838.
Bezek- Dial Code 014 1-700-700000 or 188
Kavei Zahav - Dial code: 012 1-800-012012 or 1822
Overseas call rates vary according to the destination. It is
worthwhile to compare prices and verify which company offers the
cheapest rates for the country you wish to call.
When dialing overseas, dial the three-digit dial code of the company
(012, 013, or 014) followed by the country code, area code, and
To dial Israel from abroad, dial the country code for Israel 972
followed by the area code without the “0” (for example to dial 02-000
0000, dial 972-2- 000 0000.
There are public phones on the main streets of all cities and
towns that are operated by magnetic cards (in Hebrew “Telecart) that are
available at post offices, supermarkets, and kiosks. The cards are easy
to use and are good for local, intercity, or international calls.
There are also coin-operated phones in restaurants and shops, but the
rates for these phones are higher than the card-operated phones.
Overseas calling booths are also available in the following places:
Jerusalem: 3 Koresh St. (Derekh Yafo 236) Sundays through Thursdays from 8:00 - 21:00, and Fridays from 8:00 - 14:00
Tel Aviv: 13 Frishman St., Sundays through Thursdays from 8:00 - 23:00, and Fridays from 8:00 - 14:30
Cellular phones are now in widespread use in Israel. Most
Israelis, including children, have at least one. There are three
companies that operate cellular phone networks - Pelephone, Cellcom, and
Orange. Cellular phones can be rented from any of these companies at
Ben Gurion Airport.
It is against the law in Israel to talk on a cellular phone while
driving without using a speaker phone. If you are renting a car and plan
to use a cellular phone, request a car with a speakerphone.
Faxes and Telegrams
Faxes and telegrams can be sent on weekdays 24 hours a day from the telegraph offices in the major cities.
Tel Aviv - 7 Mikveh Yisrael St. (open on Shabbat and Holidays)
Jerusalem - 23 Derekh Yafo
Haifa - 22 Ha-Nevi’im St.
Be’er Sheva - 9 Shderot Ha-Nesi’im, open from 7:30 - 19:00
Internet and Email
Most businesses and private homes in Israel are connected to the
Internet, and many businesses have websites and can be contacted by
email. There are Internet cafes in the major cities which charge by the
Some hotels provide Internet access for guests, and the more exclusive ones have Internet connections in the rooms as well.