People walk by Israel embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia_390.
(photo credit: Reuters)
Two days after the terrorist attack in Toulouse, and just weeks after attacks
and attempted assaults on Israeli targets in Georgia, India, Thailand and
Azerbaijan, the National Security Council’s counterterrorism bureau released a
travel advisory Wednesday saying Hezbollah and Iran still want to kill or kidnap
While the counterterrorism bureau routinely releases
travel advisories at this time of year – before Passover, Independence Day and
Lag Ba’omer – this time it prefaced the advisory by saying that Hezbollah and
Iran are continuing their efforts to carry out attacks. Hezbollah is seeking
vengeance for the killing of its commander Imad Mughniyah four years ago, and
Iran blames Israel for the killing of three nuclear scientists.
warning said Hezbollah and Iran are targeting former government officials and
businessmen in particular.
The advisory called on Israelis to refrain
from going to Jordan and Egypt because of concrete terrorist threats, and called
on Israelis in Sinai to leave there immediately. It also advised Israelis not to
go to the Tunisian island of Djerba in May on Lag Ba’omer to celebrate the
yahrzeit of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai – as tens of thousands did before last
year’s revolution there.
Turkey, once a favorite holiday spot for
Israelis, was lumped together with Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Ivory Coast,
Togo, Burkina Faso and Mali as countries where there is a “concrete high
threat,” with Israelis advised to refrain from going there.
also repeated permanent calls for Israelis travelling abroad to be alert, reject
enticing or unexpected business offers from abroad, refuse unexpected gifts or
entertainment invitations from unfamiliar or suspicious people, and turn down
unexpected invitations from unfamiliar people for meetings in remote areas.