High school is almost over! As I prepare for the month of April, an intense study month followed by several AP tests and finals, in the back of my mind, I am getting ready to embark on a special journey to Israel. I will be spending the year studying in Yeshivat Shaarei Mevaseret Zion. Although much of my time will be spent in the Yeshiva, I look forward to traveling parts of Israel as well. The only problem is, is how will I get to where I am going? Is Israeli public transportation actually safe?
A couple years back, I would immediately answer the question with a no. When the intifada began, parents sent their children to school not knowing if they would ever see them again. There was a frenzy of suicide bomb attacks in several bus stations and on various bus lines all throughout the country. But thankfully, Israeli security has tightened up, and I have no fears of going to the Tachanat Ha Mercazit (Central Bus Station) in Jerusalem, and taking a bus. Just to get on the bus, passengers must walk through a metal detector as armed security guards put passenger bags through x-ray machines. Not only is it safe to take a bus, but without looking it up, i cannot recount the last bus attack. Thank God for the checkpoint set up in every major bus stations! However, its always smart to be vigilant of the people and things around you. If you see a bag or box left alone, immediately alert the authorities so that the article in question can be properly dealt with. If you see something, say something! Be careful, but enjoy your time in Israel.
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