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Visiting Tel Aviv for a week , saftey common sense

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Visiting Tel Aviv for a week , saftey common sense

Hi - being based in the UK I imagine your response could be similar to mine when Americans ask is it safe to visit the UK due to terrorism / crime threats and roll my eyes , living here I know its very unlikely but know the safe areas and times etc . My partner lived and worked in Israel 25 tears ago and has always wanted to go back so I was looking at booking a trip late summer with 2 children ( early teenagers ) and shed be keen for us to visit the dead sea and Jerusalem and I imagine her old moshav as well . I was all up for it then read the (UK ) Foreign office travel advice basically saying avoid all buses and light , public transport in general - when I go on holiday I like to be relaxed and their statements are not encouraging and being responsible for 3 people makes me hesitate at this moment - travelling outside TA would you recommend guided trips , which we normally avoid or it it safe to jump on buses and just do these visits ?

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1. Re: Visiting Tel Aviv for a week , saftey common sense

The Foreign Office warnings are nonsense and are ignored by tourists visiting Israel. Traveling around the country either by car or public transport is safe. Many tourists visit the Palestinian Authority cities - Bethlehem, Jericho, Ramallah, etc - and encounter no problems. Note that you cannot drive an Israeli rental car into the Palestinian Authority cities.

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2. Re: Visiting Tel Aviv for a week , saftey common sense

Public transport is cheap, reliable and comfortable. Use guided trips for places with limited public transport if you do not want to rent a car. Are you going to be based in Tel Aviv? This is a mistake as you will loose long hours on the roads.

Israel is as safe as the UK, maybe more. We already learned the lesson and did the homework.

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3. Re: Visiting Tel Aviv for a week , saftey common sense

The Foreign Office is on a different planet. The people writing that rubbish have probably never been to Israel. To say avoid buses is utterly ridiculous. I and thousands of others use buses every day.

Of course nobody can guarantee 100% that nothing will happen (anywhere in the world), but Israel is a very safe country, and as long as you use the same common sense as you would anywhere else, the chances of being caught up in a terrorist attack are smaller than they they would be in the UK.

When you've decided where you want to go, using public transport of course, post your draft itinerary here and we'll help you with that. There are several buses a day from Jerusalem to the Dead Sea. And which moshav? Depending on where it is, that could be a little more challenging - not for safety reasons but because many rural areas have infrequent public transport. As far as I'm concerned, the more remote the better because I love a good public transport challenge!

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4. Re: Visiting Tel Aviv for a week , saftey common sense

Israel is safe. Search the forums for the multiple threads, with comments by travelers saying this. As you said, there are more incidents in London than Israel. The incidents that have occurred in Israel have been vehicles ramming soldiers, or attempted knifings of soldiers. These take place in areas tourists rarely go and are usually NOT random targets.

There have been no problems on public transportation--buses, trains and light rail! Security is tight and Israel is not politically correct!

The warning from the UK, like the warning from the US and others is not worth the ink/pixels used to reproduce it.

It is 100% safe to jump on whatever transportation you want.

I would NOT however spend a week in Tel Aviv. Most of what you want to see is going to be in or near Jerusalem. Minimally split your time. A week is too short to waste time commuting between the two cities.

Edited to add: when I started writing no one had responded to your post. ( I spent time checking some facts on google) Now, 8 minutes later, 4 of us have responded and each has said, in our own way the same thing!

Edited: 06 March 2018, 15:45
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5. Re: Visiting Tel Aviv for a week , saftey common sense

this all very re-assuring ! thanks so far and any other comments welcome but I feel relax mode coming on ! :)

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6. Re: Visiting Tel Aviv for a week , saftey common sense

The bus warning is way over the top and went back on after a couple of incidents that are now very old news. The light rail only covers north of Ammunition Hill, which you probably won’t use anyway, and if you do I would also ignore.

Congratulations on the way you phrased the question: you may have seen the recent thread on London forum where someone asked for a map of the “ISIS controlled no-go areas in London”. Last I looked it was over 200 replies, full of in-jokes about Oxford, the boat race and choc-Isis...

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7. Re: Visiting Tel Aviv for a week , saftey common sense

<<The light rail only covers north of Ammunition Hill, which you probably won’t use anyway, and if you do I would also ignore. >>

Huh? The light rail runs from Mount Herzl, past the central bus station, through the city centre, past the Old City and then north to Ammunition Hill and beyond. There is no reason not to use it, if it's going where you want to go.

Yes, Astolat, I'm really enjoying that ISIS thread, especially the references to "Just a Minute". Showing our age here...

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9. Re: Visiting Tel Aviv for a week , saftey common sense

Of course, Douglas! We Brits, Astolat and I, are well aware of that...

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10. Re: Visiting Tel Aviv for a week , saftey common sense

I think what Astolat means is <<The light rail WARNING only covers north of Ammunition Hill, which you probably won’t use anyway, and if you do I would also ignore. >>

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