Posted: June 30, 2011 | Author: barenakedislam |
On August 7, 2010 I posted the following article:
"The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of traveling to Israel, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip, and about threats to themselves and to U.S. interests in those locations. The Department of State urges U.S. citizens to remain mindful of security factors when planning travel to Israel and the West Bank and to avoid all travel to the Gaza Strip. This replaces the Travel Warning issued June 20, 2010 to update information on the general security environment in Israel, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip." ... more hereAn Israeli commented last year and noted that the travel warning to Israel was "scare mongering"; that common sense would keep people from visiting Gaza (unless, of course, you have no common sense and are sailing off on the Audacity of Hope flotilla boat!); and the final opinion was the travel warning of the USA State Department was of "Nationalistic interests of the Arabs and a conspiracy against Israel."
To my knowledge, the State of Israel looked into the matter last year, and our State Dept. gave some type of an excuse as to why Israel was placed on the "WARNING LIST" ... (?).
What has changed in the last year, to once again place the entire State of Israel on a "WARNING" list for travelers? The same Arab nations surround tiny Israel; the same terrorists are living in Gaza; and as noted before, those tourists traveling to Israel, visiting Jerusalem and the holy sites, are not traveling on a one way ticket to Gaza!
What has changed is the more open, blatant policies supporting the Palestinians, while ignoring the shining democracy which is Israel, an ally of the United States. Since when does the USA place its ally on the "DANGEROUS" list of places to travel, when it is the surrounding Arab Muslim nations that are purely not safe for anyone at this present time. And is this the Administration's way of lumping Israel in the same basket at the actual terrorists in Gaza?! "Terrorist-supporting nation" ... well, if that means the United States has just released Israel from supporting those Palestinians in Gaza - Hooray! But what about the U.S. supporting the Palestinians/Hamas unity, by continuing it military training of the Fatah? Is this another double-standard of this administration?
Let's get to the bottom of this issue immediately, by demanding Congress stop all aid to the terrorists murdering the Jews and Israeli citizens i.e. Fatah/Hamas. How is that support in the interests of the United States, or its ally Israel?
The State of Israel needs to contact the US State Department and clear up any and all misconceptions about this latest attempt to prevent citizens from visiting peaceful Israel.
Meanwhile, "Welcome to Israel" and listen to a few Israeli songs of joy .... (see video)