A small Mediterranean House Gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus), doing a pretty good job of looking pink 4.6 cm long.
Hooded Crows -- abundant in Israel, intelligent and playful. These were having fun in the stiff breeze off the sea. The object of this game shown above seemed to be trying to land and balance on the guy wire, a very challenging perch. We also saw ones in Haifa playing in the updraft near the crest of the ridge. They were carrying toys that they would drop and then recapture in midair.
The red edible fruit of this prickly pear cactus -- prickly on the outside, sweet on the inside -- has lent its name to the native-born Israeli: sabra.
Thank you to Patrick for calling my attention to its New World origin. This is actually a pre-Columbian domesticated species. From en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_Fig_Opuntia#Biogeography : "Recent DNA analysis indicates that O. ficus-indica was domesticated from Opuntia species that are native to central Mexico. The plant spread to many parts of the Americas in pre-Columbian times, and since Columbus has spread to many parts of the world, especially the Mediterranean where it has become naturalized (and in fact was believed to be native by many). This spread was facilitated by the carrying of nopales on ships to prevent scurvy."