current tensions and security threats
Replies: 46 - Last Post: Nov 20, 2012 10:36 PM Last Post By: emelio
Nov 14, 2012 2:11 PM
current tensions and security threatsHi all
I'm booked to arrive in Tel Aviv in 3 weeks but am a bit anxious about the escalating tensions with Hamas. For those of you living in Israel, what is your advice regarding security in the coming weeks? Are you/the local media anticipating conflict similar to that of 2008? I am planning on staying in the tourist zones (T.A, Haifa, Jerusalem, Eilat). It is a possibility to cancel if need be yet I am looking to gauge the situation before making a decision. Thanks
Nov 14, 2012 2:34 PM
1I do not live in Israel, but do visit and can offer an opinion which I believe may be shared by the more knowledge group that follows.
Your concerns are understandable, but there is always tension in the part of the world. It is the normal there. If one were to wait until there was never any tension, threats or the possibility of an incident one would never go to the Middle East in general and Israel in particular.
Israel is a very safe country. There is an armed military presence throughout the country which can be slightly unnerving until you realize that is one of the reasons Israel is so safe.
My suggestion is you go as planned and have a great time.
I'm sure you'll be fine.
Nov 14, 2012 6:17 PM
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Nov 14, 2012 10:01 PM
4If it doesnt inflame to a full blown conflict in the next 2 days it will most likely stay a limited one, with rockets falling in the usual places - Beér Sheve, Sderot, Ashkelon, Ashdod and the smaller communities around there.
In such case, you have no reason to fear, as Haifa, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem will feel none of the tension.
Nov 14, 2012 11:19 PM
Nov 15, 2012 3:58 AM
6There are no guarantees but judging by past events, my assumption is that this round will be over by the time you get here.
Right now the fighting is limited to a 40km radius around the Gaza Strip. Non of the places that you plan on visiting are anywhere near that area.
Nov 15, 2012 6:11 AM
7OH my goodness! A first....mark this day down. I actually agree with catw.
Right now there is no change in tourist areas. However, as much as normal life continues everyone is aware of what is going on so close to their present location. We do not know what tomorrow will bring. Personally, when I was going back and forth to Israel--I stayed. Nothing would ever make me change my plans.
Nov 15, 2012 7:33 AM
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Nov 15, 2012 7:54 AM
10It is imposible to predict whether the Israeli army will forbid people from accessing the West Bank, they don't know themselves yet.
I see no reason why the border with Jordan would be closed, unless King Abdhallah is overthrown.
Tel Aviv is a target. Jerusalem and the Dead Sea are not for now,
Again: no one can predict what will happen.
Nov 16, 2012 7:27 AM
11Well I was sorely mistaken... a rocket has just landed in Jerusalem.
Nov 16, 2012 9:47 AM
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Nov 16, 2012 11:25 AM
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