U.S. Revises Israel Travel Warning after Complaint

(AP) Matthew Lee - The State Department has revised its travel warning for Israel after the Israeli government complained it unfairly singled out the Israeli Red Sea resort of Eilat. The warning was replaced on Tuesday with a new version that eliminates references to Eilat, saying only that Americans in southern Israel "should follow the advice of the Government of Israel's office of Home Front Command." Israel's Tourism Ministry complained Monday the previous warning unfairly singled out Eilat for precautionary advice but not Aqaba in Jordan, where one person was killed by rockets fired at both cities. "This advisory gives a prize to terror and undermines regional stability and the sense of security that Israel gives to everyone who enters the country," the ministry said. "Differentiating Israel from its neighbor that actually suffered loss of life is improper and lacks balance."

2010-08-11 09:15:57

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