US warns on travel to Eilat overlook attack on Aqaba

Do not travel to Eilat in Israel. This is a travel warning sent out by the US.

From the Israeli beach in Eilat you can see across to the Jordanian city of Aqaba.

Last Thursday, the US State Department issued a travel warning to Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The US Government citing additional precautions as a result of a recent rocket attack on Eilat and the Jordanian port city of Aqaba. The rocket attack killed a Jordanian citizen and wounded five others.

In Sunday’s response to the U.S. travel warning, the Israeli Tourism Ministry said that the recent “update to the U.S. travel advisory to Israel is incorrect, singling out Eilat but not Aqaba, despite the fact that the rockets’ only fatality was in the Jordanian city.”

No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack but defense analysts believe Bedouin gangs operating in Sinai or the Global Jihad group are behind the attack.

“In the past, some rockets have travelled more than 40 km from Gaza and landed as far north as Yavne and Gadera and as far east as Be’er Sheva,” the travel warning said.

The US reported added that American officials must seek approval before traveling near the Strip “as a result of possible IDF military operations in Gaza and the ever-present risk of rocket and mortar attacks into Israel from Gaza.”

“Differentiating Israel from its neighbor that actually suffered loss of life is improper and lacks balance,” the Official Israeli statement said.

Source: Israeli Newspaper “Haaretz”.

My comment:

Suppose Wien and Budapest was attacked by Islamic rockets on the same day.

Would it be correct to tell the travelers to skip only Budapest?

The fact that Eilat and Aqaba is twin cities, makes the US travel warning a clear bias against the state of Israel, with the clear purpose of crippling the Israeli Tourism industry.

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