I often hear the myth that Israel is unsafe, especially for tourists. I know for sure that that is false.
A week there sightseeing was a wonderful experience, even with the unrest that is the hallmark of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
I’ve stayed in quite a few hotels and with few exceptions, they are quite good. The King David is simply the best—one man’s opinion—with its old-world opulence. And I was stunned to see the magnificence that will be the Waldorf-Astoria, just down the street. Work continues and this no doubt will be a showplace.
We stayed several nights at the Mount Zion (I’d stayed there before and will again), located just steps from the Old City. On the edge of the Valley of Hinnom, mentioned in the Bible, the Mount Zion Hotel was quite good. The hotel staff was very helpful.
We also stayed at Christ Church Guesthouse and the location and general pleasantness can’t be beat. Just inside Jaffa Gate, one has only to roll out of bed in the morning and head directly into the Old City.
All in all, I not only felt safe, but very comfortable and content. A few minor issues: I rented a car and was advised against going into certain areas, due to Palestinian annoyance with the 44th anniversary of Israel’s Six-Day War victory.
I have not changed my mind that Bible prophecy gives every indication that we are living at the end of world history—critics’ scoffing and mocking, be gone!—but a trip to the Land of Israel was, for me, quite wonderful.