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1. Posted by fox1977 (Full Member 54 posts) 12y

Hi there,

im from liverpool uk and just wondering what people thought about going to israel

Ive heard some wondering things and was wondering what people thought who had been there

much trouble, i dont mind a bit of an adventure

john :-)

2. Posted by yearoff (Budding Member 7 posts) 12y

Hey there,

I think Israel is wonderful... i have been there 3 times, including living, working and studying there for a year. I find it the most interesting, most intense mix of cultures and history of anywhere i have been in the world. Unfortunately, because of the situation - travelling around might not be so safe now or moreover - maybe you wont feel comfortable travelling there? But i really think there is still so much to be gained going there now, and if you take proper precautions you should be OK. but of course - its all very unpredictable, and i guess nothing can really be guaranteed.

here are my recommendations: tel aviv (especially jaffa), jerusalem of course (especially the old city), akko, safed (both amazing!), dead sea, red sea... do some water hikes in the galilee... lake kinneret is beautiful (but didnt LOVE tiberias), the negev is great... oh! its all great! if you have time do some volunteer work at a kibbutz? summer camp (i did one in an arab-israeli village and it was seriously the best couple of weeks ever!) the list is endless!

i hope that helps, and i hope you go??

3. Posted by yaara83 (Full Member 30 posts) 12y

heya

im actually israeli so i thought i would type something about the whole "situation" here.
i wont say that there are no dangers, but i think that on television you only see all the terrorist attacks, they dont show the daily life we live here. you do need to be careful but i dont think more than in any other country. every country has its dangers, no place is 100% safe! unfortunately enough terror is a big threat in many countries now, just think of the latest attack in russia where over 300 people died after been taken hostage by chechnian terrorists.
and just to give you some statistics: more people die in israel from car accidents than from terrorist attacks.
anyways, enough with this topis...
i think that israel is such a beautiful country with so much diverse scenery and places. and a good thing is that because its a small country it wont take you long to get from place to place!
if you hav e any further questions, feel free to ask!

YAARA

4. Posted by suztours (Full Member 34 posts) 12y

I live in Jerusalem, Israel and work as a licensed tour guide! Having moved here from North Carolina and living here for more than 15 years, I've seen alot but still think it's as safe a place to live and to visit as anywhere in the world these days!

Hope you'll come on over! And if anyone has specific travel-related questions about visiting Israel or cultural questions, as well, please be sure to post them here so we can discuss!

suzanne

5. Posted by Keter (Full Member 65 posts) 11y

Once visited you won't be able to enter Lebanon)))

6. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Israel grows on you. I stayed about 3 months & got very settled in Tel Aviv. Great bus service network for travelling the country. Easy to get work on either a kibbutuz or moshav.

I also did a side trip to Egypt via the Sinai. Consider checking out Dahab on the Red Sea in the Sinai.

7. Posted by Zhou (Full Member 126 posts) 11y

Those news on terrorist attacks and fights are making an image that Israel is a somewhat troublous place. No matter what, we can see the death and bombs there almost every a few days. Horrible events in Russia and Spain seem to be less frequent. I don`t know. Maybe that`s why people consider the "situation" in Israel. Sometimes, we should blame the news medias.To me, it`s a very attractive country. I`m glad that people`s lives are not disturbed that much by those attacks. Four years ago, I met a Israeli boy in Shanghai, and he also told me the daily life there is different. Just for curiosity, I wonder what`s the attitude the ordinary Israeli peole hold toward Palestinians?

8. Posted by suztours (Full Member 34 posts) 11y

First, I hope that everyone realizes that if you place all your trust in what you see on TV, you would never go anywhere! The IRA in London, ETA in Spain, the Tamil in Sri Lanka... Al Qaida everywhere!

The fact is that what you see on TV is NOT what is going on in Israel.

I have lived in Jerusalem for the better part of the past 23 years, and still, I feel safer walking in town at night here than anywhere else in the world, even my old home town in North Carolina!

How do we feel about the Arabs here (or anywhere)? Well, the feeling when I first moved here back in 1981 was of mutual trust and friendship... my banker took his car to an Arab mechanic; I walked miles from my home to shop at an Arab pharmacy in Saladin Street; Arab shops were full of Israelis on Shabbat since the Jewish shops were closed; and Arab restaurants were booked by Jews for special events... we hired Arab workers without fear and invited Arab friends into our homes. Unfortunately, these days, we don't feel as safe amongst them. Nevetheless, the "hatred" that is spewed from their textbooks and children's TV shows towards us is NOT duplicated in our textbooks and children's shows. In fact, our school children are encouraged to learn Arabic, to try to understand Arab history and culture and to treat Arabs with the same respect as with any other neighbor or friend - and that happens - until we are FORCED (by their actions towards us) to think differently...

Now - to the current "situation" - thankfully, the security fence and the ongoing vigilance of the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) has slowed the terrorism to almost nothing. Yes, some will get through and cause unspeakable horrors. But the statistics show that what we are doing is working: between January and June of this year, over 90 suicide bombers were stopped before they were able to enter Israeli cities & towns... they were stopped because of the security fence, established checkpoints and spot checks on the roads. They were stopped because, unlike in other countries where "profiling" is considered "offensive", in Israel, it's what helps to save lives. In other words, our authorities know what and who to look for!

The best part of all this good news is that tourists are coming back! All the archaeological, religious and vacation sites are open; hotels are giving, just now, special rates; we have restaurants serving every possible kind of food from all over the world; and tour guides (like ME) are just itching to get out there and show you all around - this fabulous, beautiful, intriging, complex, SAFE country!

So, as one of the Israeli Ministry of Tourism slogan says: COME TO ISRAEL, COME STAY WITH FRIENDS!

suzanne

9. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Quoting Zhou

Those news on terrorist attacks and fights are making an image that Israel is a somewhat troublous place. No matter what, we can see the death and bombs there almost every a few days. Horrible events in Russia and Spain seem to be less frequent. I don`t know. Maybe that`s why people consider the "situation" in Israel. Sometimes, we should blame the news medias.To me, it`s a very attractive country. I`m glad that people`s lives are not disturbed that much by those attacks. Four years ago, I met a Israeli boy in Shanghai, and he also told me the daily life there is different. Just for curiosity, I wonder what`s the attitude the ordinary Israeli peole hold toward Palestinians?

The Israeli's joke that if you put two Israeli's together, you get three sides to an argument

The attitude of the ordinary Israeli people toward Palestinians The Arabs believe that Israel is an illegal state.:) The disputes are all very complex and being going on for a long time. Military service is compulsory for Israeli boys and girls.