Travel warning for Americans in Israel

The State Department has issued an updated travel warning for Americans visiting Israel.

“The security environment remains complex in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza, and U.S. citizens need to be aware of the continuing risks of travel to these areas,” says the warning issued Feb. 3.

The warning  recommends that U.S. citizens visiting the region take into consideration the rules for U.S. government employees when they travel in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza.

Under those rules, which have been in place for several years, personnel are not permitted to conduct official or personal travel to the Gaza Strip and are restricted from most personal travel to the West Bank, while travel for official business is done with special security arrangements. The government employees also are not permitted to use any public buses. — jta