Is Israel Safe?

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Of all of the questions that I am asked about Israel, the one that I receive the most is "Is it safe to travel to Israel?" The short answer to this question is "yes", it is very safe in Israel. But let me give you a little more information.

The city of Jerusalem is just like any other city in the world. There are some bad people over here. But guess what? There are also bad people in the city in which I live in the United States. If you think that your hometown is unique and not like that, just flip on your local news tonight. My guess is that the lead story will not be about a child's lemonade stand. It will be about an unfortunate event that has recently occurred in your area. The good news is that in Jerusalem (and just like in my hometown) there are far more good people than bad. People who are going about their everyday lives just like you and me. At this exact moment, I am looking out the window of my hotel. I see people going in and out of the New Gate to the Old City. They are people shopping for groceries, people running errands, and children walking home from school. Normal, typical everyday life. 

One of the things that I have learned in my life is that I am a better person when I have stepped out of my comfort zone. I don't like doing it, but I am always glad that I did. Traveling to Israel is something that everyone should do. Not only will you learn about Bible places, but you will learn even more about people. And what you learn about them is that everyone over here is just like you and me. We are all made in the image of God.