March 22, 2012
Israelis advised to steer clear of Jordan and Egypt, among other travel spots
Jordan and Egypt, due to “concrete terrorist threats,” are singled out on a travel advisory for Israelis during Passover and other upcoming holidays.
Israel’s National Security Council Counter-Terrorism Bureau in Israel came out with the advisory on Wednesday. It also called on Israelis in Sinai to leave there immediately.
Passover, Israel Independence Day and Lag b’Omer, according to the advisory, “are liable to provide incentive for terrorists around the world to attack Israeli and Jewish targets abroad.”
In light of several terrorist attacks and attempted attacks this year, the warning said, “Iran and Hezbollah are stepping up their efforts to perpetrate additional attacks.”
It also advises Israelis not to go to the Tunisian island of Djerba in May on Lag Ba’omer to celebrate the yahrzeit of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai. Tens of thousands of Israelis visited before last year’s revolution there.
Turkey, once a favorite holiday spot for Israelis, joined Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Ivory Coast, Togo, Burkina Faso and Mali as countries where there is a “concrete high threat.”