Here is the simple answer to all of those questions, ABSOLUTELY YES, and here’s why! Bad press and exaggerated TV reports have frightened many of the would be travelers. Let me put it into perspective what I mean. A few years ago at the height of an Arab and Israeli conflict in Gaza, I received an emergency phone call from my 89 year old mother while I was leading a tour in Israel.
“Are you safe?” she asked.
“Well, yes Mom, and so are all the people that are traveling with us,” I responded, “We watch it on TV just as you are but we are far away from Gaza.” The conflict that people in America hear most about comes from the border between Israel and Gaza. Gaza is fifty miles away from Jerusalem and has never been a problem for any of the hundreds and hundreds of people who travel with my wife and me to the Holy Land.
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This article was originally published March 28, 2011.