Amazing Israel, indeed.
It needs to be said (because a lot of people have been asking me) that, despite the efforts of some to present Israel as dangerous or unsafe, nothing could be further from the truth, from the reality on the ground. As the US Department of State itself reports, Israeli cities are safer and have a lower crime rate than similarly sized cities in the USA. At no time during our two week tour of Israel did we feel unsafe or unwilling to venture out on our extensive exploration of the country. We felt safer walking the streets of Tel Aviv at night than we do walking the streets of Chicago or Paris or New Delhi in the evening. Israel has been relentlessly increasing its efforts and ability to protect its citizens, a feat based unfortunately on many decades of experience in fighting Palestinian and Arab terrorists. As a result, Israel is a safer country to visit than almost any other country in the world, Tel Aviv a safer city than most comparable cities, and isolated acts of crime or terrorism should no more deter you from visiting Israel than gun shootings should prevent you from traveling to New York or Chicago.