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Tourists from Israel

I wonder if someone could give me an honest answer to this question. With all the problems of the area how do Israeli tourists do in Jordan? Are they welcome, any special problems??

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I went to Jordan last year with an Israeli tour group primarily to visit Petra. This was at the beginning of the war with Lebanon and it felt very strange especially when we had to give our passports to the guide. It also felt strange to be accompanied by an armed guard supplied by the country. We had no problems at all. Petra is the most fascinating place that I can remember and I wish that we had stayed longer.

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Thanks for the reply but what about other places in Jordan like Amman , etc. I know that Jordanians are welcome in Israel and sometimes you see them in the best shopping centers and tourists places w/o an armed guard.

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This is question should go to the forum in Ha-Metayel, not here.

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Hi Andy - Isreali tourists like any other tourists are welcome in Jordan. Jordan has a peace treaty

with Isreal since 1994 and many Israeli tourists visit both individually and in groups.

Regarding the police escort on buses - this is to

reassure the people who have read many negative reports about Jordan and they are there to make them feel more secure (not more insecure) They are on all

tourist buses not selective ones.

I am sure Isreaeli tourists in Jordan feel more comfortable than the many tourists visiting Israel

where they have a very high profile armed military

presence everywhere which is very threatening indeed

to the average individual not used to such things.

Whilst its difficult to put politics on one side in

the Middle East - folks should try to do that as

far as they are able. One must always remain vigilant however for the remote possibility of something unforeseen.

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Thanks for the answer, by the way the only people that are threatened by the Israeli army or police are the terrorists.

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Andy

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Where would one find this forum???

"Ha-Metayel"

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See http://www.lametayel.com/

You have to register, its free and in Hebrew.

One of the forum members said that the many tourists that visit Israel feel uncomfortable. One should ask himself if this was true why do so many visit, and if that person visited here or it is hearsay. Its a pity since I found that person's posts to be helpful and knowledgeable.

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Thank you.

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Andy - oh contraire !!

The massive presence of visibly armed military and

security officers is very uncomfortable for the

average tourist (most visiting for the first time)

Whilst most people do know what its for, at the same

time its very disturbing and for some quite scary

when they wave their weapons about and shout as

what I witnessed near the entrance to Haram al Sharif

and the surrounding areas. A small group of elderly

americans were quite shocked and shaken at the behaviour of some of the soldiers ( who all look

like high school students).

Anyway, we aren't here to argue about why's and

wherefores - this is the factual situation and

this is what I experienced last week and I speak

as I find.

One poster stated that if it was that threatening

why do so many people come to visit . . .

The answer to that is very simple, it is a place

of pilgrimage to all 3 major monotheistic religions

therefore some people feel obliged to go.

I'm surprised the poster didn't realize that.

Again I will repeat - Israeli tourist like everyone

else are more than welcome to Jordan and they will

feel relaxed and enjoy their time. 1000's of

Israelis visit both Jordan and Egypt (who both

have peace treaties with Israel) The average

Jordanian is like the average Israeli, beleive

it or not they both eat, sleep, work and try to

care for their families and squeeze in a bit of

enjoyment if they can. I know loads of Israelis

and loads of Jordanians and Palestinians - they

are all mostly regular and nice people with little

differences if you put politics and religion to

one side.

Hope this helps Andy.

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Hi Dhiban,

I think this is the first time I'm going to disagree with you! And although this is probably not the right forum for this, the matter was brought up here so I'm going to add my "two cents worth".

I was in Israel in May 2006 and felt safer there than I feel in South Africa. Sure, it was disconterting initially to see fully armed IDF, police & tourist police everywhere but it only added to my feeling of safety.

~ Jen ~

(10 weeks time I'll be in Jordan!!!)