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Old 08-31-2013, 01:39 PM   #1
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Is it safe to travel to Israel with threat of war in Syria?

My husband is booked to go to Israel in Oct with a travel group. With this impending threat of war/conflict with Syria is it still safe to travel there or should he cancel?

I see that the US state dept is not saying that people shouldn't travel to the safer parts of Israel but with what's happening this week do you think that will change?
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Old 08-31-2013, 01:53 PM   #2
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There is always war on the horizon in that part of the world. That's been the situation for the last 3,000 or so years, and I don't see it changing any time soon. If the group still goes, I wouldn't feel any problem going with them, but I'd keep an eye on travel advisories. Things are, erm... very volatile in that part of the world. All it takes is one fanatic with an AK-47 or a hand grenade.
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Old 08-31-2013, 02:14 PM   #3
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Dexter summed up my post. The middle East has been a hot bed for decades so anyone traveling there must accept that. That being said if anyone is used to dealing with the situation it's Israeli. Would I cancel a trip? No. Would i book a trip now? No
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Old 08-31-2013, 02:21 PM   #4
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My husband is booked to go to Israel in Oct with a travel group. With this impending threat of war/conflict with Syria is it still safe to travel there or should he cancel?

I see that the US state dept is not saying that people shouldn't travel to the safer parts of Israel but with what's happening this week do you think that will change?
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Dexter summed up my post. The middle East has been a hot bed for decades so anyone traveling there must accept that. That being said if anyone is used to dealing with the situation it's Israeli. Would I cancel a trip? No. Would i book a trip now? No
This. I wouldn't probably go if I could get out of it with no repercussions. Of course, there is something to be said about "not living in fear" but that can always be countered with "don't do something stupid if you can help it."
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Old 08-31-2013, 02:50 PM   #5
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I went to Israel a few years back - right after all the bus bombings in Jerusalem. It was scary, but once there I felt safe almost all the time. There were areas where I felt a bit nervous (we were riding in Jerusalem and one of the same type of buses that had been bombed pulled up next to us) - but overall I felt the Israeli's had a good handle on things and that made me feel calm.

I will say, the group I was traveling with were escorted by armed Israeli soldiers at all times - which also helped...
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Old 08-31-2013, 03:40 PM   #6
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If he doesn't go, can I take his place?

They said "don't go" during the first Gulf War in the 90's. They said "don't go" when we invaded Iraq right after 9/11.

The turmoil in Syria and Egypt is alarming. But I have faith in the IDF.

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I wouldn't go anywhere near the Middle East.
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I wouldn't go anywhere near the Middle East.
Me neither but it is my dream trip.
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Old 08-31-2013, 04:49 PM   #9
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My parents went in 2005 and loved it. The tour guide who took their group is a member of my synagogue. At some point I will likely go with her.

Right now I think the Syrians are too busy with each other to be aggressive with Israel. Though I dare say tourism to the Golan Heights isn't happening right now. Pity. My mom said it was beautiful in that region.
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Old 08-31-2013, 04:54 PM   #10
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I would go to Israel and maybe Dubai but that is it in the Middle East. Israel does a good job in handling the problems that come up.

My dream has always been to visit Egypt. I wouldn't go there for anything now.
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Old 08-31-2013, 05:22 PM   #11
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Nowhere in the Middle East is a super safe place to go. I would stay away just because being in countries/around such volatile countries is not my idea if a nice trip.
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If it were my DH I would try to talk him out of going
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Old 08-31-2013, 05:34 PM   #13
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My parents went in 2005 and loved it. The tour guide who took their group is a member of my synagogue. At some point I will likely go with her.

Right now I think the Syrians are too busy with each other to be aggressive with Israel. Though I dare say tourism to the Golan Heights isn't happening right now. Pity. My mom said it was beautiful in that region.
That right about when I went. I LOVED the Golan Heights. While up there, we toured wineries, rafted down then Jordan, biked, hiked through limestone caves used by the British during WW1, went to a lovely beach and saw the border to Syria. Like - stood there and looked at a white gate the separated the two countries. We also met with a group that fought in the Yom Kippur war and settled in the area. (I went through Birthright). We also learned about the amazing agricultural advances developed there.

Its an amazing country to visit...it's always a tad scary to be there. There is never a perfect time. But I loved it and would love to go back.
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Old 08-31-2013, 05:42 PM   #14
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I would go to Israel and maybe Dubai but that is it in the Middle East. Israel does a good job in handling the problems that come up.

My dream has always been to visit Egypt. I wouldn't go there for anything now.
I have always, always wanted to go the Middle East - especially Israel & Egypt.

The pyramids in Egypt, all the antiquities, & the desert culture/environment just fascinate me.

In college, I took an '"Intro to the Humanities" class, & my professor talked all the time about her previous trips to Egypt & even brought some photos to show to our class. And, ever since then, I've wanted to go.

But, now, I think I'd be too worried/anxious to even enjoy a Middle East trip.

I might go to Israel or Dubai still, given the opportunity, but not Egypt anymore... which makes me sad.
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Old 08-31-2013, 07:05 PM   #15
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Absolutely not. There are analysts figuring that there will be retaliation by Iran and others against Israel if the US attacks Syria.
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