So what else is new? An event in Israel makes news in the US and CNN makes it sound like all of Israel is dangerous with kidnapping and bombs going off on every street corner.
First, it has nothing to do with us or our pilgrims. Second, Gaza is a long way from us and does not effect us. Third, the kidnapped and murdered were Israeli soldiers, not citizens and certainly not tourists.
I could go on but suffice it to say, the pilgrims never knew anything happened and have always commented on how safe it is here, how friendly everyone is, and how they have never been afraid or sensed anything unsettling. It is safe and beatiful with a record number of tourists, so . . .
. . . don't worry about us. We are far safer here than than in many large downtown US cities. What a beautiful land!