By now you have heard the news of the volatile situation happening now between Israel and Gaza. We wanted to let you know that we are watching the situation and are in touch with not only our operations in Jerusalem but also with the Israel Ministry of Tourism both in Israel and in North America.
You might find it interesting to know that while a section of the country is in turmoil other parts of the country continue life as usual. We are told that there are 100,000 foreign tourists in Israel right now enjoying the Holy sites without interruption. November is several months away and we feel confident that the situation will resolve itself by that time.
We have been to Israel many times when the news was not great and the media was showing a very difficult situation; yet while there, it was peaceful for us and the group. (Our family has even lived in Israel during times of war and experienced no problems at all.) Our Tour Director is traveling to Israel this month and we have employees on the ground in Jerusalem, so rest assured we are in great communication with how this situation may or may not affect our travels.
The bottom line is that we need to continue to watch but more importantly pray. We are commanded to pray for the peace of Jerusalem and today more than ever we need to pray for not just Jerusalem but also the leadership of our country as well as the leadership of Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
Should you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact our office.