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Israelis unfazed by European travel warning

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Israelis unfazed by European travel warning

This week the US State Department issued a travel alert warning American tourists not to travel to European cities due to possible terrorist attacks, but Israeli visitors are paying the warning little heed. The Eiffel Tower in Paris and Buckingham Palace in London are just two sites where the risk of impending terrorist attacks has been elevated. Despite the warnings, it seems Israelis have largely ignored the dangers. According to sources within the Israeli tourism industry, there have been no cancellations to the destinations mentioned in the warnings. Neither have there been any visible signs in the ticket sales. “Since the end of last week, when the Jewish holiday period was over, we have actually witnessed a rise in demand, Noam Ron, the marketing director of Issta Tours, told The Jerusalem Post. “This is the time of year when people tend to travel less, but this year we are seeing positive numbers.” Meantime, the latest reports on the raised terror alert in Europe indicate that German police suspect there are at least 100 “dangerous Islamists” in Germany right now, many of whom are native German converts who have received military training in Pakistan, including in explosive devices. “We should expect attacks,” said one German police commander.

 

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