This time it is ET who sent me a pearl: see below the missive sent by the US Embassy in Tel Aviv to US citizens. Thanks, ET!
I'll highlight the important sentences ( might be missing a few; it is worth it to read the whole thing).
First of all, this warning supersedes an earlier warning. I haven't checked that one, but I would think that the restrictions are even greater.
Notice the evil, hypocritical STATE DEPARTMENT, which on one hand does everything in its power to make life untenable for Jews in Yesha and Jerusalem, and which, at the same time, warns ITS PERSONNEL TO STAY AWAY.
You'll notice that the only roads permitted to Americans are Route 90 and Route 443 during the daytime.
Route 60, where most of the terror by the PA originates, thanks to the USA, is off limits to their own dear ones.
And of course, warnings in Jerusalem. Doing everything they can to destroy Jerusalem as we know it, while warning their own of terror here.
Such hypocrisy, such evil!
By the way, I saw something very unusual today, and I thought I'd report it:
Driving by Bethlehem on Route 60 , I saw TWO EMPTY UN BUSES GOING INTO BETHLEHEM. And one more, unmarked, white bus, looking like a UN bus, but without the emblem, also driving in that general direction. PLUS another UN vehicle. I drive a lot in that area, and don't remember seeing a UN convoy of EMPTY BUSES going into the PA.
WHAT COULD BE GOING ON?
Preparing for imminent war: is that why the warnings are getting more strident?
And what about this UN movement??
At the same time there were also a huge amount of checkpoints along the way today ( but I would think that this was due to the kidnapping of a Jewish truck driver by PA car thieves earlier today)
> March 26, 2008
> Dear American Citizen:
> The American Citizen Services Unit at the US Embassy in Tel Aviv would
> like to inform you of the following:
> (1) Effective April 1, 2008, the Federal Benefits Unit will only accept
> applications for Social Security Numbers from applicants who reside in our
> consular district (inside green line Israel). Applicants who reside in
> the Municipality of Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza must apply for a
> Social Security Number at the US Consulate General in Jerusalem. For
> additional information on applying for a number in Jerusalem, please go to
> the website of the US Consulate General in Jerusalem:
> (2) Also effective April 1, 2008, applicants for Consular Reports of
> Birth Abroad (CRBA) MUST bring in their own photocopies of supporting
> documents, along with the originals. Please ensure you bring photocopies
> of the following documents when coming to the Embassy for your
> appointment: photo identification of the mother and father; the parents'
> marriage certificate; any previous divorce or death certificates for the
> parents, if applicable; and the child's birth certificate. Applicants
> who do not have photocopies will be charged at the rate of US $ 1 (one
> dollar) per page.
> (3) Please find below information regarding the Department of State's
> latest Travel Warning for Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza. To find the
> latest travel advice, along with passport and CRBA application forms and
> instructions, please go to www.travel.state.gov.
> American Citizen Services Unit
> US Embassy Tel Aviv, Israel
> Travel Warning
> United States Department of State
> Bureau of Consular Affairs
> Washington, DC 20520
> This information is current as of today, Wed Mar 26 09:44:11 2008.
> ISRAEL, THE WEST BANK AND GAZA
> March 19, 2008
> This Travel Warning is being issued to update information on the general
> security environment in Israel, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip, and to
> remind American citizens of threats to themselves and to U.S. interests in
> those locations. The Department of State urges U.S. citizens to remain
> mindful of security factors when considering travel to Israel at this
> time. In addition, the Department of State urges U.S. citizens to defer
> travel to the West Bank and to avoid all travel to the Gaza Strip. This
> warning supersedes the Travel Warning issued July 13, 2007.
> The Gaza Strip
> Areas of conflict shift rapidly and unpredictably in the Gaza Strip and
> American citizens should avoid all Gaza travel. Those already in the Gaza
> Strip should depart immediately. This recommendation, which the State
> Department has maintained since the deadly roadside bombing of a U.S.
> Embassy convoy in Gaza in October 2003, applies to all Americans,
> including journalists and aid workers. No official travel is permitted
> inside the Gaza Strip at this time.
> Hamas, a State Department-designated foreign terrorist organization,
> violently assumed control over Gaza in June 2007, making worse the already
> dangerous security situation there. The Gaza Strip is wracked by ongoing
> violence between Israeli security forces and several Palestinian terror
> groups. In recent months, extremist factions in the Gaza Strip have
> specifically targeted Palestinian Christian groups. Militants there have
> abducted Western citizens, and terrorist organizations have threatened
> attacks against U.S. interests. The American International School in
> northern Gaza was the target of an attack on April 21, 2007, and again on
> January 10 and 12, 2008. Hamas and Islamic Jihad (another designated
> foreign terrorist organization) have intensified the launching of daily
> rocket attacks against Israeli towns as far north as Ashkelon. The
> Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) are responding to these attacks with military
> The security environment is very fluid in the vicinity of the Gaza Strip.
> Rocket and mortar launches into Israel are unpredictable and occur
> frequently with little or no notice, resulting in a potentially unsafe
> situation. Gunfire from Gaza into Israel is a danger. On January 15,
> 2008, a Palestinian sniper killed an Ecuadorian kibbutz volunteer working
> near the Gaza border. As a result, travel in the surrounding area is
> strongly discouraged. Due to heightened tensions and violence in and near
> the Gaza Strip, all U.S. Embassy and Consulate General employees are
> required to provide 24 hours advance notice of any official travel to the
> city of Sderot, crossing points into Gaza, and any other areas bordering
> Gaza. Hamas has recently threatened to carry out suicide bombings in the
> neighboring Israeli towns.
> The West Bank
> The security environment in the West Bank remains volatile. Violent
> demonstrations, kidnappings, and shootings are unpredictable and can occur
> without warning. The Department of State urges Americans to defer travel
> to the West Bank at this time.
> The IDF continues to carry out security operations in the West Bank,
> including nightly raids to arrest terrorist suspects that sometimes result
> in gun battles. Israeli security operations can occur at any time,
> including frequent raids to arrest terrorist suspects that result in
> shootings, demonstrations and often violent conflict. This heightens the
> risk of Americans being caught in the middle of potentially dangerous
> situations. Some Americans and Europeans involved in demonstrations and
> other such activities in the West Bank have become involved in
> confrontations with Israeli settlers and the IDF. The State Department
> recommends that Americans, for their own safety, avoid demonstrations.
> All those who pass through the West Bank should exercise particular care
> when approaching and transiting Israeli military checkpoints. Travelers
> should be aware that they might encounter delays and difficulties, and
> might even be denied passage through a checkpoint.
> American citizens should be aware that as a consequence of the current
> limitations on official travel to the West Bank, and the prohibition on
> travel by U.S. Government employees to the Gaza Strip, the ability of
> consular staff to offer timely assistance to U.S. citizens in these
> locations is extremely limited (particularly in the Gaza Strip).
> Travel Restrictions for U.S. Government Personnel
> American U.S. Government personnel and their dependents are prohibited
> traveling to any cities, towns, or settlements in the West Bank, except
> they are on mission-essential business or are traveling for other
> Mission-approved purposes. For limited, personal travel, U.S. government
> personnel and family members are permitted to travel through the West Bank
> only by
> using Routes 1 and 90 to reach the Allenby/King Hussein Bridge or the Dead
> Sea coast near Ein Gedi and Masada. They are also permitted to travel
> north on Route 90 from the Allenby/King Hussein Bridge to the Sea of
> Use of these routes is approved for transit only, with stops permitted
> only at Qumran National Park off Route 90 by the Dead Sea. Each such
> transit requires prior notification to the Consulate General's security
> office and must occur during daylight hours. U.S. Government personnel
> and family members are permitted both official and personal travel on
> Route 443 between Modi'in and Jerusalem without prior notification, during
> daylight hours only.
> General Safety and Security
> Israeli authorities remain concerned about the continuing threat of
> terrorist attacks. A March 2008 shooting in Jerusalem and a February 2008
> bombing in Dimona are reminders of the precarious security environment.
> The threat of such attacks is on-going. American citizens are cautioned
> that a greater danger may exist in the vicinity of restaurants,
> businesses, and other places associated with U.S. interests and/or located
> near U.S. official buildings, such as the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv and the
> U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem. Rocket fire from Lebanon into Israel,
> except for one recent incident, has ceased since the end of military
> hostilities between Israel and Hizbollah forces in southern Lebanon in the
> summer of 2006. Although Israel denied any involvement, the killing of a
> Hizbollah leader in Syria on February 12, 2008, raises the possibility of
> Hizbollah attacks against Israel.
> American citizens are urged to exercise a high degree of caution and
> common sense when patronizing restaurants, cafes, malls, places of
> worship, and theaters -- especially during peak hours. Large crowds and
> public gatherings should be avoided to the extent practicable. American
> citizens should take into consideration that discos and nightclubs, as
> well as public buses, trains and their respective terminals are
> "off-limits" to U.S. Government personnel.
> The State Department urges American citizens to remain vigilant while
> traveling throughout Jerusalem, especially within the commercial and
> downtown areas of West Jerusalem and the city center. Israeli security
> services report that they continue to receive information of planned
> terrorist attacks in and around Jerusalem. Spontaneous or planned
> protests within the Old City are possible, especially after Friday
> prayers. Some of these protests have led to violent clashes. The Old City
> of Jerusalem is off-limits to U.S. Government personnel and their family
> members after dark during the entire week and between the hours of 11 am
> and 2 pm on Fridays.
> Entry/Exit Difficulties
> The Government of Israel considers American citizens who also hold Israeli
> citizenship or have a claim to such dual nationality to be Israeli
> citizens for immigration and other legal purposes. For example, an
> American citizen child of an Israeli parent will be considered an Israeli
> citizen by Israeli immigration officials and Israeli law will apply to the
> child's travel to, and departure from, Israel.
> American citizens whom Israeli authorities judge (based on their name or
> other indicators) may be of Palestinian origin are likely to face
> additional, and often time consuming, questioning by immigration and
> border authorities. If judged to have, or judged to have a claim to,
> residency status in the West Bank or Gaza, such American citizens may be
> required by the Government of Israel to use a Palestinian Authority travel
> document to transit Israel to enter the West Bank or Gaza. Such a
> determination could be made for American citizens if they or their
> immediate family members were born in the West Bank or Gaza, currently
> reside there, or lived there for any appreciable amount of time.
> American citizens who hold a Palestinian Authority ID, as well as persons
> judged by the Israeli authorities to have claim to a Palestinian Authority
> ID, are subject to Israeli law and regulations that apply to residents of
> the West Bank and Gaza, regardless of the fact that they hold U.S.
> citizenship. A Palestinian ID number might be active or inactive. If
> active, the Government of Israel may stamp the Palestinian Identification
> Number in the U.S. passport, and the American citizen may be required to
> obtain Palestinian Authority travel documents prior to departing Israel.
> In addition, American citizens considered to have or to be eligible for a
> Palestinian Authority ID who entered Israel via Ben Gurion Airport might
> be required to depart via the Allenby Bridge to Jordan. Upon arrival, such
> persons should ask Israeli immigration authorities from where they are
> required to depart.
> The United States Government seeks equal treatment for all American
> citizens regardless of national origin or ethnicity. American citizens
> who encounter difficulties are encouraged to contact the U.S. Embassy in
> Tel Aviv or the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem at the telephone
> numbers below.
> Americans in Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip are strongly
> encouraged to register with the Consular Sections of the U.S. Embassy in
> Tel Aviv or the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem through the State
> Department's travel registration website,
> https://travelregistration.state.gov. U.S. citizens who require emergency
> services may telephone the Consulate General in Jerusalem at (972) (2)
> 622-7250 or the Embassy in Tel Aviv at (972) (3) 519-7575.
> Current information on travel and security in Israel, the West Bank, and
> the Gaza Strip may be obtained from the Department of State by calling
> 1-888-407-4747 within the United States and Canada, or, from overseas,
> 1-202-501-4444. For additional and more in-depth information about
> specific aspects of travel to these areas, U.S. citizens should consult:
> the Country Specific Information for Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza; and
> the Worldwide Caution. These along with other Travel Warnings, Travel
> Alerts and Country Specific Information sheets are available on the
> Department's Internet website at http://travel.state.gov. Up-to-date
> information on security conditions can also be accessed at
> http://usembassy-israel.org.il or http://jerusalem.usconsulate.gov.