Eshkol - Israel Tour Car Association

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Eshkol "And the Lord spoke unto Moses, saying: Send thou men, that they may spy the land of Canaan… And Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan … And they went up into the valley of Eshkol , and cut down from thence a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they bore it upon a pole between two …"

Eshkol - Israel Tour Car Association

Eshkol (grape cluster) is our license Logo  1800-2000-32   Eshcol sign for Eshcol Tour car

Israel Tour Car  Cooperative Association   [email protected]

Moti Barness Chairman since 2009

Moti Barness chairman    [email protected]   For emergency only +972.50.900.9700

This website was written exclusively by  Moti Barness chairman  of Agudat Eshkol, and on my personal responsibility. No other person is responsible to this website. I’ll be happy to get any comments or correction

Tour Cars in Israel need a license from ministry of Transportation, and it must be driven by a licensed Tour Guide which has a public driving license Taxi or Bus

Tour cars are insured in a special insurance that covers paying clients, and include life insurance and theft

In our Tour Car Association we have the majority of private guides which operates Tour Cars in Israel. Today March we have more then 500 members who operates tour cars in Israel

Israel, though it is a Hi-Tech country suffer from one of the worst bureaucrat system in the world from reasons I can not understand! I decided to delicate my life to the war against bureaucracy. My first fight was against Ministry of Transportation civil servants which in a very stupid or corrupted way prefer the interests of the Car Dealers, which are monopoly in Israel, only 1 dealer for each car manufacture

It took me 10 years to make the car self import possible first for Tour Guides and later on to all small business in Israel. And I’m very proud in my achievement. It shows that in Israel even if you are a “small citizen” with the right attitude you can win a war against the system. Also it shows that the court system in Israel works for the citizens and not in favor of stupid or corrupted civil servants

My first Eshkol car – SUBURBAN 4WD

Since I import my Land Rover car I’m ready to help any other person in Israel who wish to do so

My new Land Rover which I self import from Europe on the foothill of All Nation Church at at the Garden of Gethsemane Jerusalem



Shalom to the POP from 11 seater car

Mercedes V-Class



















Cruise ship Insignia +Disco + Moti

Eshkol Tour Car have special permit for pickup from Cruise Ships comes to port of Haifa or Ashdod. Also from Ben Gurion Airpot

Agudat Eshkol

Ministry of Tourism

02-6664345 / 6

Mrs. Mina Ganem     [email protected]

Mrs. Hemda Eliav    [email protected]

Agudat eshkol

Ministry of transportation    Tali Gedalyahu

[email protected]


Office hours  Sunday & Tuesday 9 – 12:30

Service for Agudat Eshkol cars

“Eshkol”  License  is the Tour Car license  given by ministry of Transportation  and Ministry of Tourism to official tour guides who operate an official Tour Car in Israel.

To Renew your Eshkol Car –

  1. 1.  You need to pay your remaining duties.
  2. Send an e-mail to
  3. [email protected]
  4. [email protected]
  5. Fax:   03-9421712

  6. attache your Eshkol car driving license
  7. and ask to know what is your Agudat Eshkol car remaining duties.
  8. The custom will send you a price to pay Agudat Eshkol duties and then your car will be cleared and you can by a new Agudat Eshkol Tax free car.
  9. Go to the nearby custom office and pay your Agudat Eshkol duties.

The qualifications needed  –

Experince  Tour Guide license.

Driving license  Taxi or Bus.

Foreign language – test by Israeli university

 Eshcol cars are considered as a Taxi in respect of all traffic laws.

Eshkol  Association is where the most private tour car operators are member. From total of  500 licensed Tour Cars in Israel with “Eshcol” license, 350 are members of Eshkol Association. Each member is an independent – freelancer .

Eshcol sign for Eshcol Tour car

Eshkol means in Hebrew cloister and it refers to the Biblical event in Numbers 13    –    “And the Lord spoke unto Moses, saying: Send thou men, that they  may spy the land of Canaan…     And Moses  sent them to spy out the land of Canaan …    And they went up into the valley of Eshcol ,    and cut down from thence a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they bore it upon a pole between two …”

Eshcol license

  The bible in Hebrew does not use the verb spy the land of Canaan it is said tour the land of Canaan. This is the source of the word Tourism in Hebrew and might be the source in Latin and English.

 The slogan of the tourism industry in Israel, also from the Bible –       Numbers 14   ” And Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh

 And they spoke unto all congregation of the children of Israel  saying The land, which we passed through to spy it out, is an exceeding good land

Eshcol Tour Car Operators can provide any tourism service you need

Tour Guide – each tour car operator must be a licensed tour guide

Tour cars all sizes 3-55 passengers, 4WD

Hotels, Food, Spa, Airport transfer + VIP service

Jeeping, Desert Safari, ATV

Helicopters, Yachting, Boating

Hiking, Rafting,  Rappelling

Any special interests or needs

This web site was writen by Moti Barness

chairman of Eshcol Association.

Any requst any mistake found  please contact me on line   [email protected] 


Please read  all  About Moti Barness

Or browse in my private web site

or check  my page at   Trip Advisor

Office adress  –   Leshem 16 Mevaseret Zion

Postal adress    –  P.O.Box 171  Bet Zait 90815 ISRAEL

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