As technology evolves more mapping options will become available for hiking the Israel National Trail. Several possibilities are suggested here.
Left: The Israel National Trail along the Netanya promenade.
Every two weeks in Israel, the Israel Trails Committee gives a briefing on hiking the Israel National Trail. These briefings are in Hebrew. SPNI maps are available at a discount at these briefings, but they are also in Hebrew.
In preparing for a hiking trip to Israel and the INT, I use several sources for maps. The first is Jacob Saar's guide, frequently referenced on this website. Another is the excellent selection of maps from Wikiloc, which follows the discussion of the Open Street Map project.
The guide contains 61 topo maps 1:50,000, 13 road maps 1:250,000 and 7 maps of the Jerusalem trail (1:15,000). All the maps are in English. It contains also a description of the hike in both southbound and northbound direction. There is a lot of important logistical information such as: How to cache water in the desert, contact info. of people in the Negev desert who will cache water for you, a list of trail angels, transportation from the airport to the trailhead in Dan or in Eilat, and much more.
Here's a quote from the website linked below. "I have created an offline map file along the trail, using data from OpenStreetMaps (OSM), and the Hiking Map Rules of the Israel Hiking Map. I changed the rendering rules to use the English place name labels (where available), so that the map will be more useful for hikers from abroad." This has the potential to be very useful but I have not tested the files yet. If someone does please contact me.http://pct14.blogspot.co.il/2016/05/israel-national-trail-offline-maps.html
Open Street Map (OSM) - an open source project - has been around a long time. The map information is generated from a database and is rendered on web pages as square "tiles" that are pulled together for the area requested. That is why if you try and drag the image off onto your desktop you end up with one little square of the image. A screen shot of one section is below.
http://osm.org.il/Israel%20Hiking/IsraelHikingMap.html takes you to a map page of the Jerusalem area. Yes, this map is primarily in Hebrew, but if you cross-reference to maps with cities designated in English, you can find your way from point to point. This map is excellent for determining terrain, elevation change, places where you will be challenged, as well as helping you locate road crossings and other points of reference. Using this and the Wikiloc maps (below) you can do a virtual hike through Israel. You can drag the OSM map up and down and sideways to follow the trail all the way through Israel.
A good online reference can be found at wikiloc.com. A search for the "Israel National Trail" brings up several detailed trip descriptions. The elevation profile above (the INT near Kefar Giladi) is an example of some of the information which can be found at this site. Information includes elevation changes, distance, accumulated uphill and downhill, estimated time, photos, and difficulty level.
A search on this Wikiloc site for "Shvil Israel" gives 66 returns. (It is also spelled "shevil" on Wikiloc. Sometimes it is spelled "shivil." These are phonetic translations from Hebrew.) Check to be sure the listing is for "hiking" and not for "biking."
On the wikiloc website, look for the link to the Google Earth imagery of sections of the Israel National Trail.
Below is a sample of Section 7, near Qaddarim, Northern District, near the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee).