Backpackers, business travelers not heeding travel warnings

"We are striving for ways to achieve better responsiveness," government official tells 'Post.'

February 15, 2010 23:37
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Israeli tourists enter Jordan

Israeli tourists Jordan 311. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski )

Backpackers and business travelers are generally not heeding travel warnings issued by the Counter-Terrorism Bureau of the National Security Council, a government official told The Jerusalem Post on Monday.

"Compliance among these two groups is low. We are striving for ways to achieve better responsiveness," the official added.

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Nevertheless, the NSC and its Counter-Terrorism Bureau, which operate under the jurisdiction of the Prime Minister's Office, are pleased with the overall level of compliance among the Israeli public, the official said.

"Seventy percent of the public complies with the travel warnings we issue, and plan their holidays accordingly," he said.

The official echoed remarks made by Counter-Terrorism Bureau head Nitzan Uriel, who told Israel Radio on Monday that he received regular requests from business travelers seeking tips on which areas to avoid, especially in West Africa and Asia.

"The Counter-Terrorism Bureau responds continuously to public requests for more information, which come in from across the population, including business travelers," the official said.

On Sunday, the bureau published a travel warning advising Israeli citizens against visiting Sinai during Pessah.

Businesspeople who traveled to Muslim states were at risk of being kidnapped, the bureau warned.

Accusations by Hizbullah that Israel assassinated its field commander Imad Mughniyeh in Damascus in 2008, and charges by Iran that Israel was involved in the death of a nuclear scientist in Iran last month served to increase the threat of terrorism against Israelis abroad, the bureau added.

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