1 of 9 Both Israel and the Gaza Strip share a beautiful coastline. By Palestinian standards, the Gaza Strip is a conservative place. Even on the beach, women are expected to observe normal dress codes.
2 of 9 Tel Aviv is Israel's biggest city and its commercial capital. Culturally, it is Israel at its most European.
3 of 9 At the height of the peace process, in 1994 and 1995, there was talk of developing the coast line and building tourist hotels in Gaza. All such plans have fallen away now.
4 of 9 Beach tourism is a vital industry in Israel that has suffered badly in recent years.
5 of 9 Gazan women and girls swim pretty much fully dressed.
6 of 9 Time at the beach is an escape from the poverty, overcrowding and violence of life in Gaza.
7 of 9 End of a peaceful day in Tel Aviv, far from the anxieties of random violence and a depressed economy.
8 of 9 A regular scene in Gaza in summertime - the horses are being washed and cooled down after a day's work.
9 of 9 The last customers at a Tel Aviv beach cafe watch the sun go down. [Photographs by Chryssa Panoussiadou for Panos].