Subject: Re: security for tourists in Israel
Hi Carol,

I'm not Alex, but I am an Israeli.

Let me please try to put this into perspective for you. You are safer anywhere in Israel than you are in almost any large city in the USA or Europe. You can walk the streets at any hour of the day or night in complete safety. Children can go anywhere alone and will not be disturbed in any way.

The crime level is very low, robberies of tourists don't occur - you are more likely to be chased down the street by someone who noticed you dropping your wallet by accident.

Security is very high. Bags are checked at all large shopping complexes and eateries. Busses are protected by special personnel.

If you realize that thousands and thousands of busses travel the roads every day you realize that have been blown up is minuscule.

You are more 6X more likely to be hurt in a traffic accident than you are to be involved in a terrorist attack - and that means don't drive here if you can avoid it!

If you are hesitant to visit because of security concerns all I can say is that while there is of course no guarantee, you are more likely to slip in the tub at home than you are to have any kind of problem here.

Come and see for yourself you are Welcome! - Forget CNN.

Debby - Israel