Many Israelis plan to visit Sinai during Passover despite travel warning

Many Israelis are still planning to travel to the Sinai Peninsula over the Passover holiday despite the warning that was issued by the Israeli Counter-Terrorism Bureau earlier today. “I don’t think that we need to be afraid and allow this to control our regular routines,” said an Israeli who plans to cross the border into Sinai soon.
Sinai Photo Credit: Johanna Geron/Flash 90

Despite the Israeli Counter-Terrorism Bureau’s warning, many Israelis are planning to travel to the Sinai Peninsula over the Passover holiday. Some Israelis told Channel 2 News that they feel safer in Sinai than in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

“I just came back from a weekend in Sinai,” said Zohar Alphran. “It was amazing. I’ve already scheduled with my friends to go back in two weeks. These warnings have been around for a while and it’s a shame to give up on Sinai, on the amazing beaches and on the serenity.” Niv Samban stated: “The safety that you feel is greater than the safety we feel many times on central streets in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, especially during periods that we’ve all witnessed. From the moment I cross the border, [I feel] the calmness and serenity that are there.”

Ella Goldnfeld, who also heard about the travel warning but has decided to travel to Sinai anyway, said: “There are warnings every holiday. I’m not afraid.” Nofar Hilrovitch stated: “I don’t think that we need to be afraid and allow this to control our regular routines. All of the destinations are very expensive during Passover and Sinai is an alternative destination.”

As reported earlier today by JOL, the Israeli Counter-Terrorism Bureau recommended that Israelis refrain from traveling to the Sinai Peninsula during Passover and called for those currently visiting the area to leave immediately.



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