A 60 year old British female friend (on a kibbutz 40 years ago, but not used to independent travel) is booked with her [grown-up] family (who do not knowIsrael) for 10 days (to Jerusalem's YMCA). Arranged directly, with no tour operator or group. Hoping to see as much as possible - some day trips, perhaps by organised excursions (are these operating now, under present circumstances? Help welcomed which local tour companies still running sightseeing day trips?) General advice seems to tell tourists to be wary of public transport - Are taxis and cheruts working normally?
Please help if you can with updated news from Israel - how is today's situation for tourists? and the atmosphere? They are concerned if Israelis generally may be so stressed that November may not be good timing to visit? Are most men back home, or still elsewhere/ on military standby? Does this affect businesses running normally e.g. less/ no? tourist services (such as day trips to Tiberias, Haifa etc? Are taxis etc. operating as usual?
Should they postpone till next year, or just take a positive attitude and go anyhow? They so want to go, (and realise how much the local economy can suffer from less tourists) but are extremely apprehensive.
To get from Tel Aviv airport to their Jerusalem accommodation, is a taxi the best suggestion? or a cherut? all comments about this imminent trip gratefully received
They are almost at the time limit to cancel without losing their entire payment, so fast responses would be hugely appreciated. All advice large or small welcomed,
A very big thank you in anticipation of some responses!