Amazing Israel, indeed.
It needs to be said (because a lot of people have been asking me) that, despite the efforts of some to present Israel as dangerous or unsafe, nothing could be further from the truth, from the reality on the ground. As the US Department of State itself reports, Israeli cities are safer and have a lower crime rate than similarly sized cities in the USA. At no time during our two week tour of Israel did we feel unsafe or unwilling to venture out on our extensive exploration of the country. We felt safer walking the streets of Tel Aviv at night than we do walking the streets of Chicago or Paris or New Delhi in the evening. Israel has been relentlessly increasing its efforts and ability to protect its citizens, a feat based unfortunately on many decades of experience in fighting Palestinian and Arab terrorists. As a result, Israel is a safer country to visit than almost any other country in the world, Tel Aviv a safer city than most comparable cities, and isolated acts of crime or terrorism should no more deter you from visiting Israel than gun shootings should prevent you from traveling to New York or Chicago. Gun shootings in several countries is a normal occurrence and shooters leave no scope to buy complete AR-15 rifles. Therefore, it is unwise to be scared and leave out a few places out of fear.
Moe Tremblay says
Thank you for this new outlook and current description of Israel including the pictures of a modern city that rivals our best cities here in the US.Reading your stories is a joy.Keep up the great work.
Rachel Heller says
I’ve visited Israel several times and never run out of fascinating things to visit. I lean more toward the cultural and historical sites, but I’m looking forward to reading your series!
Jo ~ Lifestyle Fifty says
I also would have been worried about security in Israel, but I’m so glad that you’ve thwarted that idea. Why shouldn’t it be? Sometimes we can become paranoid about the Middle East and miss out on amazing experiences. Israel is of course fascinating and your stories are lovely.
Sandy Walker says
I so enjoyed reading all about ‘current’ Israel. I have been there many times but not for about 10 years, due to various other obligations. It is, indeed, a fascinating and wonderful country and the beauty is that it caters to everyone, if only more folk would be aware of this fact!
Carole Terwilliger Meyers says
I have traveled to Israel several times and would love to go again. Next time I’ll be making a reservation at Manta Ray Restaurant on the beach of Tel Aviv–that looks so inviting!
Kristin Henning says
You are reminding me how much I look forward to a return visit to Israel. It’s great to be on the ground meeting people, eating the great food, and seeing the sites in person rather than relying on old news reports and outdated impressions. happy travels
Irene S. Levine says
Can’t wait for you to fill in the details with more posts about Israel~
Janice Chung says
I had always heard Israel was extremely safe and as you say, they’ve been through so much that they have been increasing their security to protect its citizens. Looking forward to hearing more about your trip. Looks like its starting off on a great note (seafood by the water!).
Anita @ No Particular Place To Go says
So fascinating to read your impressions of Israel and I’m looking forward to your future posts. I’d love to travel to some of the historical sites but I’m also interested in visiting the museums, art galleries and other things that make up any modern country. So glad you mentioned the security issues (especially compared to the US) as I often think of how much more safe (and welcome!) I feel when traveling in other countries compared to my own.
Sue Reddel says
We’ve never traveled to Israel but your article certainly points out a lot of reasons beyond the obvious for a visit. I look forward to reading more about your discoveries in Israel. BTW that mixed seafood bucket made me hungry for lunch a little too early. 😉
Lyn aka The Travelling Lindfields says
Israel has been on our wishlist for a while but I admit that safety concerns have so far held us back. Great to hear that personal safety isn’t perhaps the problem we thought it was.