The BURNING question: is Israel safe to visit?

It’s been a while since I first wrote about how safe it is to visit Israel. And despite some serious incidents over the last 2 or 3 years (including the briefly scary November 2012 action which subsequently frightened off many visitors to Israel for quite a few weeks), things are still pretty much the same, safety-wise. The real deal out on the streets of Israel is that…yes, things are actually VERY safe out there.

Yes, despite what you might have been reading in your newspaper, or following on CNN or the BBC, Israel is pretty darned safe to visit! As always, international media does its best to paint a dramatic, war-torn picture, but the reality, although far from perfect, is a little different.

Does CNN show those beautiful sandy Tel Aviv beaches? Or the must see tourist sites in Israel, currently teeming with tourists? Do they heck. Believe it or not (and you’d find it hard to believe if your news source was CNN or the BBC) Israel had a record year for tourism in 2012 – despite the end of year crisis – and yet again in 2013. Which is a good thing, right? It must mean that the hordes of tourists coming to visit the Holy Land don’t take what they see on the news as gospel and have the intelligence to check things out for themselves in regards to how safe Israel really is…

And then there are the tourists who come to Israel for a holiday and are amazed at how safe Israel is compared to their own country. I personally know tourists who visit Israel regularly from South Africa and, in contrast to life there which basically ends at 7:30 every evening, they are always amazed at how cities like Tel Aviv keep on keeping on late into the night, every night. They are always gushing on about just how much living you can squeeze into a normal day in Israel.

My parents are actually coming over in a few weeks – they usually get a grilling at airport security for being non-Israelis (this is their third visit to Israel) but apart from that they usually have the time of their lives here…sun, amazing tourist spots, great food, beautiful people…and they feel remarkably safe here compared to back home in England. Believe it or not. OK, OK, no chavs, but Israel does have plenty of arsim.

Of course, these days the threat of terrorism isn’t limited to Israel. It can rear its ugly head at any moment, of course, something that you should clearly be aware of on any visit to Israel…or London, or Madrid…you get the picture. But in Israel you’re very unlikely to experience something nasty, especially if you’re going to keep to the well-worn tourist track and follow local advice on where to go…or not to go. This is the Middle East, so things do change quickly, just be aware

But…Is Israel safe?

Yes! It might just seem a little intimidating at first what with all those soldiers (including cute 18-20 year old girls with huge M16s slung over their shoulders) and flashing blue lights on police cars everywhere (just so you know, if a police unit is on duty it has to have those lights flashing, just to scare off any would-be terrorists or homeboy criminals, regardless of whether or not there are any bad elements in the near vicinity!). But you soon get used to it. In fact, you might even find it reassuring after a bit!

So with all this security, there really is no need to fear coming to Israel because of safety reasons or security concerns. The media plays it role in hyping up everything and overdoing things…but that’s why this site exists in a way, to give you the real deal on Israel.

Don’t forget…have an amazing trip to the Holy Land!

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  2. Lior Haberman

    July 19, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    Great blog! I shared it on facebook and twitter. Always good to see others spreading the word about how safe Israel really is. The media just always distorts everything. Enjoyed reading this!

  3. Ashley

    July 19, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    Glad you like it!

  4. Jewish Ideas Daily

    August 11, 2010 at 8:55 am

    It doesn’t serve the media’s agenda to show Israel as it really is. Who would want to read about a beautiful country where not much happens?

  5. vicki

    November 14, 2010 at 1:35 am

    YES! Israel is very safe to visit!
    you are very welcome to visit out amazing country!

  6. Robert Earl

    March 28, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Is it best to visit on a tour or to try to book the trip alone and then go to the sites individually?

  7. Ashley

    March 29, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Hi Robert,
    Totally depends on what kind of trip you prefer. Israel is relatively easy to navigate and experience on your own, I would just suggest you check on the sites themselves for opening hours and prices before you visit. Many of them are listed here:
    Enjoy your trip!

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  9. Gil

    June 2, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Well said!

  10. debashish das

    May 13, 2016 at 4:54 am

    I don’t know why I just love Israelis… Ppl are beautiful… Nation is beautiful… <3 n food looks delicious… It's a country worth living … yep… I wish I could go there…

  11. Johanna

    May 8, 2017 at 2:59 am

    Can this article update the language to no longer refer to professional adult women as “cute…girls”. When we talk about young men in the military we refer to them as men, not boys or kids.

    It’s time to update our language habits and stop infantilizing women in our writing and speech.

    Thank you!

  12. bugsy

    May 11, 2017 at 9:08 am

    I was several times in Israel, every time I felt perfect. I can say is kind I am home in Israel!

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