Bambicruz From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 295 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 11 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 219 times:
A couple of friends of mine and I are planning on going to israel this summer for vacation ( I found an awesome deal for a 2 weeks circuit in israel , including airfare casablanca-tel aviv with visits to haifa and tel aviv and stay at a resort in eilat )
but the guys i'm going with are very concerned with the security over there, as a jew i feel like israel is a welcoming place to me, but the other guys are not jewish, all of them are muslims and fear that israelis might kill them or harrass them if they know that they are from a muslim country.
Artsyman From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4745 posts, RR: 33
Reply 1, posted (12 years 11 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 193 times:
Interesting question, normally I would just laugh, but I suppose in the current climate, there is an element of substance to the fears. As far as them being killed by Israeli's, I think you will be fine, but they may get a little more attention than they would get at other times.
You will have a fantastic time, Israel has some excellent things to do for visitors. Personally I loved climbing masada, swimming in the dead sea, the beaches are great, I really enjoyed myself in ranana(just outside tel aviv), just body surfed all day. The wailing wall in Jerusalem is interesting to say the least.
Bambicruz From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 295 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 11 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 181 times:
TWA, dude! I understand their concerns, with the tensions between israel and other arab countries now, the might be mistaken for egyptians or lebanese or whatever.
another friend of mine had a very good experience in israel ( who by the way is a muslim ). while talking to his girlfriend on the street of haifa, one israeli guy came over to him and asked him in moroccan : are you from morocco ? he said: yes i am, I'm here for vacation. he told me the other guy hugged him and told him : I sooo miss my country, always good to see someone from back home. the guy invited them to his house. his girlfriend told him that this israelis are extremly friendly from what she experienced.
anyway back to the point, we are definetly going, it's just that we're going with some fears that a bomber might explode at any time, like I said they might be mistaken for arabs from neighboring countries.
Ual747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (12 years 11 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 166 times:
None taken, but why go to a country where things like Sept. 11 happen all the time? Personally, I feel the US is still much safer than Israel, plus, its just not a good idea to travel to countries experiencing political and civil turmoil.
Zeus01 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 744 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (12 years 11 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 142 times:
UAL, thats some rather ignorant comments youve been making.
First of all, if your going to say a countries unsafe, maybe you should check the facts first.
Is israel unsafe? Most of it no, some of it very. Tel Aviv isn't having houses demolished or daily suicide bombers. Nothings going down there. Its still safe as ever. You go into palastinian waters and it is very dangerous. People don't understand that most of Israel isn't under siege, just a small part of it.
EL-AL From Israel, joined Oct 2001, 1418 posts, RR: 13
Reply 11, posted (12 years 11 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 111 times:
From all of the "experets" here, I am the only one who is acctually from Israel.
Now, when the israeli turrisem situation is not the best, israel is welcoming, as it always did, people who come to see this amazing & butifull place.
I am glad that u desided to come in the summer to Israel, & i am sure that u all will have a grate time.
Israel is a safe place.
The impretion that u all get from the CNN & the BBC etc is wrong. Thay show u tanks & war, in the West Bank. Yes, in the WEST BANK. There is no war in Israel itself. The Israeli peopel live a normal life, like the Americans in the USA or the British in the UK.
& about your friends....your quas show that u have never been in israel, well, just let me say that about 15% of the Israelis are muslims...
Nothing will happen to them. Trast me.
If u want to, u can e-mail me & i will give u advises for Israel, tips & places that only locals know about.
Hope i helped u.
"In Israel, on order to be a realist, one's must believe in miracles" - David Ben Gurion.
Galaxy5 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 2034 posts, RR: 24
Reply 13, posted (12 years 11 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 89 times:
well, ive been to tel aviv a couple times ( on business ) and have nothing but good to say about it. we went and visited the wall, the church of the nativity, old jerusalem. most of the religious sites except of course the Muslim ones (since no one but a muslim is allowed in there, knid of odd considering that other religions enjoy others seeing their sites but thats another subject ). we really didnt have any troubles and it was for the most part an enjoyable experience.
"damn, I didnt know prince could Ball like that" - Charlie Murphy