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I am getting concerned emails from clients who are booked to visit over the next couple of weeks asking whether it is safe to visit Israel right now.
I am sure that there are many others out there who have the same question so I thought I would share my thoughts about this.
As of this moment, there are rockets falling in a very limited area of the country. This includes cities like, Ashdod, Ashkelon and Be’er Sheva. Currently rockets are not falling in any other part of the country. Take a look at this map to understand what areas can potentially come under rocket fire from Gaza.
If you are planning on touring in the Jerusalem area or in the north of the country, there is no reason to change your plans. Although we are all very concerned for the people who live within range of the rockets, life continues as usual in most of the country.
Today the Ministry of Tourism issued a letter recommending all tourist to continue their plans as usual as long as they are not visiting the area shown on the map above.
Here is a link to the letter: Is it safe to visit Israel Now?
A couple weeks ago during Hurricane Sandy, all my Israeli friends were asking me if my parents in the USA are OK. I tried to explain to them that they live in Los Angeles, but it didn’t help. They were still worried!
Of course the situation can always change so I will keep monitoring it and make any changes to my clients itineraries which may be necessary. But if you already have tickets and plans, I don’t recommend canceling them. Come and enjoy Israel. You will have a great time here!