Leaving on a trip tomorrow for Israel. Is it still safe to travel?
I would say that the stock market is a very good indicator of the public's outlook and prediction for the future. As you can see from this graph the Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange has gone up this week !!
and the Shekel strengthened against most foreign currencies:
This is certainly not what would happen if everyone was afraid that a war was just around the corner !
The consensus of the "experts" is the the Syrian army is having a lot of difficulty coping with the rebels so they will not want to open up another front against Israel.Edited: 2:50 pm, May 07, 2013
Come and enjoy. What goes on in the countries around us, rarely has any influence on Israel and if it does it's usually localized. I was on the Golan Heights today and felt nothing unusual and neither did those I was with.
As mentioned above, Israel is much safer than most western cities including those in the USA.
We have a large group(50+) thinking of going to Israel in November 2013,, Is it safe?,, also is it safe for all of us to practice our religion Catholic,, I've heard mixed reviews about going to Jerusalem Now as they have Bumped up their Security,,, I'm not 1 for flying, so 11 hrs. better be worth the trip, LOL.. Thanks for any response :)
There were 162 posts on this topic before yours ..... Did you read them????
There are thousands of people who travel safely to Israel every year. A huge percentage of them are catholic. When you get to Israel you will see for yourself that the rumours you have heard about Jerusalem are unfounded. I am a Christian and Jerusalem would now be my favourite city in the world - something I would not say if I felt unsafe there.
If you are in a big group of 50+ people then the local guide who assists your group in Israel will tell you if there are any customs you need to respect in advance (eg dressing modestly at places of worship).
Is it worth it? I went for a day and returned for a month. Two years later I returned for a second month. Now I am planning to return for 7 weeks! I don't fly a mere 11 hours to get to Israel - I fly over 24 hours to get there.
When you have been to Israel you will want to return. :). Have a great trip! :)
I believe you will find Israel safer than some areas in your home state.
Enjoy your stay
I don't know which reviews you are reading about Jerusalem, but you need not worry. Jerusalem is a modern city, an ancient city, a holy city. It is home to Jews, Moslems and Christians. As a fairly small city, it is also a city where people walk and the street scene is alive and bustling in the old city and new. You walk freely between all different areas whether it is the Old City or New, or the different quarters within the Old City. Certain sites, such as access to the Western Wall, have a security gate you pass through. This is like an airport scanner and is the same as you would go though if visiting security sensitive sites in many countries. We have similar security gate when entering the Parliament buildings in the city where I live. It is fast and efficient and thousands go back and forth each day. Is it worth it for the plane trip? Absolutely, Jerusalem isn't just a place you visit, it is a place that touches your soul.
The operator arranging the trip will not take you anywhere that is potentially dangerous and therefore you will get to as much of the country that time permits. Israel is the only country in the middle eat where religions are welcome. There are many churches where you are free to pray. If you are coming on a pilgramage you will surely visit many of them.
Enjoy the planning and the visit!