Forget what you’ve read in the papers or seen on TV; Israel is a very safe place to visit. You are far more likely to run into trouble in any major U.S. city than anywhere in Israel. Behave in Israel the way you would in those cities. Be careful where you go at night and travel in groups when possible. Generally, it is safe in most places in Israel to walk alone at night. However,  it is advisable only to go into Gaza or the West Bank in a group and with an Israeli guide.

One of the first things you’ll notice when you arrive in Israel is the number of people carrying guns. For an American, it can be jarring but Israeli  soldiers carry them on the streets, in cars and on buses, even into banks! Soldiers are required to keep their weapons with them, and since so many Israelis are on duty, it is common to stand next to someone on the bus with an Uzi hanging off their shoulder. You’ll quickly get used to it and realize it’s a fact of life in Israel and nothing to fear.

In an emergency, dial 101.

Prayer for Travelers

May it be Thy will, Lord our God, God of our fathers, to lead us on the way of peace and guide and direct, so that Thou wilt bring us happily to our destination, safe and sound. Save us from danger on the way. Give us good grace, kindness and favor in both Thine eyes and in the eyes of all whom we may meet. Hear this, our prayer, for Thou art a God who dost hearken to the heart’s supplication and communion. Blessed art Thou, Lord, who hearkens to prayer.

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