Subject: Help for summer 2006 Israel trip

As a former temporary resident of Israel in the 1970s, and one who hasn't been in the country for 30 years, I'm looking forward to returning for a 2 1/2 week visit this July. Am seeking an independent experience with two 17 year old girls, my daughter and her Russian/American friend. Would appreciate any directions to a guest house/B&B/apartment that would sleep 3/budget accomodations in the Tel Aviv area, which could be used as a base from which to explore. We don't need a full service hotel and having a kitchenette would be useful.

Thanks for any Israelis or experienced travelers who can provide suggestions about places to stay and the logistics and safety of self travel and car rentals.

Pam Cleveland, Ohio