"Security is Everywhere!" Israel Favorite Tip by jadedmuse

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  With some friends by the Western Wall in Jerusalem
by jadedmuse

Favorite thing: Again, not a "favorite thing" per se, though it IS a good thing for sure.

I think all of Israel's money really must go toward ensuring people's safety - just imagine how much better their economy could be if they didn't have to allocate so many resources to their national security. You'd better get used to submitting to security checks (this is NOT to be confused with Israeli "check points"), whether you're entering a commercial mall, popular pedestrian promenade, restaurant or nightclub.

Ironically this does NOT mean that Israel isn't a safe place to be; on the contrary, Israel is one of the safest countries you could ever hope to visit. It just means that the Israelis have no choice but to take their national security very seriously. We were prepared to open our suitcases which we had in the trunk of our car (whenever you enter a hotel parking lot, you usually pass through security) but to our surprise, we were only asked to pop the trunk so one of the guards could look inside and maybe ask us a question or two before waving us on our way.

We understood the rationale behind such measures and we never found them to be tedious or inconvenient. Everyone was always professional and courteous.

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jun 25, 2005
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