I have a bit of a unique situation. I am an Israeli citizen, but I don't speak any Hebrew. I was born in Israel in 1974, but raised in Canada, so I hold Canadian and Israeli passports. I have visited Israel many times, lived and toured there for 6 months when I was 19. I have not been back since 2004.
In May of 2012 I will be taking my wife there for her first trip. I have always wanted to visit Petra and I was wondering if there are any issues with crossing the border into Jordan for Israeli citizens?
I will be using my Canadian passport, though it does list my country of birth as being Israel.
I always have issues with my citizenship when I travel to Israel, clearing customs is always a nightmare for me. I often have to get papers from the Israeli consulate, but even then I have to have my uncle who is an officer in the military meet me at customs to get me through quickly.
When I have crossed the Taba border to go to Dahab, again, I always have issues when I come back into Israel. I get back in, but it's never simple. Try explaining to Israeli customs officials why I am an Israeli, with a Canadian passport that can't speak Hebrew is never fun, and I won't even go into the military service thing....
So, is it even possible, and if so, is it worth the hassle going into Jordan and then coming back into Israel? Personally I can take it, I am used to it, and I have arguing with them down to a science, but I don't want to drag my wife into it, or have her worry. If it is going to be a big issue I'll just have to skip Petra.
Any advice would be great, thanks :)