has anyone actually traveled to Israel lately?

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Apr 11th, 2004, 08:19 PM
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Israel is a volatile country. That being said - I was there this year and had an awesome experience. I met so many nice people. There is extensive security.
Tourism has been low, but is steadily increasing. Now is a great time to go. You can see the sites without the crowds. My friends just got back a couple of weeks ago. They lead a tour every year.
I just got back from Turkey and Greece a couple of months ago - had no problems. You just need to be careful and use good judgement.

We are looking to go again soon.
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Apr 11th, 2004, 08:33 PM
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Main thing to remember is - DO NOT ride the city buses. They have been the most common targets.

Also be aware when buses are around.
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May 23rd, 2004, 04:34 AM
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May 23rd, 2004, 12:50 PM
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What type of calling card should I purchase to call the USA FROM Israel?
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May 23rd, 2004, 09:24 PM
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Check IDT, they have good rates to Israel, and from Israel (they have a Toll Free number for almost every country in Europe too).
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May 25th, 2004, 02:32 PM
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Jun 1st, 2004, 08:32 AM
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Just got back--any questions?
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Jun 1st, 2004, 04:18 PM
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So, Lindy, What did you like most in Israel?
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Jun 3rd, 2004, 02:47 AM
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try jordan or egypt which both have much friendlier people than israel.israel has nice weather but some people are rude to the point of being shocking especially new russian immigrants.as a jew i was shocked by their attitudes and impatience.as for iraq,duhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!
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Jun 3rd, 2004, 04:35 AM
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mansam -

>>some people are rude to the point of being shocking especially new russian immigrants.as a jew i was shocked by their attitudes<<

-for your information many of the new russian immigrants aren't even Jewish, rather Christians of some sort.

Everywhere round the world and you'll find rude people, so Israel isn't alone in this fact. The rudess people we came across were in Austria! So rude is everwhere!

 
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Jun 3rd, 2004, 07:41 AM
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Uh I find it hard to believe that mansam is a Jew. I also travelled to Jordan and Egypt. I would say the restaurant owners etc were pushiest in Egypt in terms of trying to get us to buy/eat at their places. Certainly that doesn't happen among Israeli non-Arab merchants. I think the Jordanians were the friendlist. I did get hassled by an Israeli Arab driver who demanded a tip and wanted to take me to his uncle's carpet store, and how we needed to support him. I then reminded him that as an American, plenty of my tax dollars were going to support him already! In any case I have been in many Israeli cabs, and that hadn't happened before. Also, I wouldn't generalize about any people just from one trip. I have been to Israel many times, and highly recommend it as a first Mid-East stop for the advanced development of its tourist sites (ie, the roads etc are well marked in English, and many sites are fully excavated) vs Egypt where a lot of signs were just in Arabic, and Jordan, which has lots more to develop. In Israel I was mainly "resorting" in Eilat, which I thoroughly enjoyed! I look forward to returning to all three countries soon, however, in order to see more.
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Jun 3rd, 2004, 05:27 PM
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Lindy is right. It's very easy to generalize, based on one single incident.

If I had used the same method I could claim that the Swiss are the rudest people in Europe. We had lunch at a restaurant in Zurich and the waiter was very rude. But Switzerland is probablymy favorite country in Europe.

We had a rude waiter in a Paris restaurant too. But we had a wonderful time in Paris.

A Taxi driver in Las Vegas was obnoxious. But Las Vegas is one of the funnest city in the USA.

In Lake Como, Italy, we were ripped off by the ferry cashier. But Italians are the nicest people in Europe.

One of the British Airways cabin crew was a bit drunk and was trying to make fun of me and a few others on a flight from Tel Aviv to London, a year ago. Still, BA is one of the best airlines I have traveled with.
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Jun 4th, 2004, 08:25 PM
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lindy,i was surprised by being accused of not being a jew just because i criticized israel.i think you should be more tolerant and yes,im a jew,whether you like this fact or not but i want to thank mamamia whose response was very helpful,however i do stand by my observation because it was based on more than just one incident.
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Jun 6th, 2004, 11:27 AM
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I included some snippits from a recent trip to Israel that I posted on the Europe forum, here: http://www.fodors.com/forums/pgMessa...2&tid=34498271
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Jun 7th, 2004, 12:53 PM
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Gardyloo:

Very very very nicely written! And so sensitively too...

This "siege mentality" you describe is very much part of life in Israel... Yet Israelis seem so adamant about enjoying life.

Try getting a table at one of the many popular beach-front restaurant in Tel Aviv at MIDNIGHT and on a WEEKDAY... Theaters, concert halls and performance clubs are offering plenty of shows and concerts...

Shopping malls are swamped, the roads are crowded with travelers on the weekends, the beaches are full.

Israelis don't let terrorism and bad news interfere with their daily life.... After more than 50 years you get used to it...
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Jun 7th, 2004, 04:30 PM
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Two of my children came back today after an 11 day birthright Israel trip. They had a wonderful time and felt totally safe.
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Jun 7th, 2004, 04:31 PM
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I absolutely agree - the joie de vivre is still the most striking thing about (secular) Israel. But the change of mood (note - in those people we know; I can't speak for more than that -) was very noticeable.
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Jul 28th, 2004, 01:14 PM
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I just came back in June, and am going again in October. Flights are booked, as are hotels.
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Aug 5th, 2004, 02:32 PM
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I visit Israel every chance I get. The history is amazing, both ancient and recent. Once I have left the hysterical US media behind, I feel very safe in Israel. Yes, there are rare terrorist incidents, but there is almost no ordinary crime, so you won't be mugged, car jacked, or shot during a drive-by shooting. Go and enjoy it!
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Aug 8th, 2004, 04:12 PM
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Just read that tourism is up 82% over 2003. We are planning our next trip.
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