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Is Israel a Dangerous Place to Visit?

March 1, 2004

Filed under: life,travel — Terry Wohlers @ 15:54

CNN and newspapers give a distorted view of the violence in Israel. In November, I returned from my sixth visit to the region (this time for some scuba diving in the Red Sea) and not once have I experienced or seen a spec of violence, nor have I seen any evidence of past violence. I’ve been more nervous in some U.S. cities. I don’t mean to suggest that random violence is not occurring in Israel and some parts may be dangerous. For the most part, however, the violence is isolated and overstated by the news media. It typically occurs on buses and in crowds, so keep that in mind if you plan to visit. A business trip to visit a company such as Objet Geometries, Solidimension, or some other organization in Israel, does not pose a much greater risk than traveling to a company in the U.S. For me, the most dangerous part of a trip to the Middle East (or anywhere, for that matter) is the drive between Fort Collins and Denver on busy I-25.