A startling new report has ranked Israel as the fifth safest country for tourists, writes Michael Kuttner

Unbelievable as it may seem at first glance, given the almost daily media diet of mayhem and negative news, on closer examination this survey makes a lot of sense.

As reported in the Jerusalem Post: The study – based on data culled from reports put out by numerous organizations such as the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, the World Health Organization, the World Bank, Our World in Data and the World Risk Report – came up with a “travel safety index” based on several per capita criteria: the number of homicide deaths, road traffic deaths, unintentional poisoning deaths, death from poor hygiene conditions, life years lost due to communicable disease, life years lost due to injury and a country’s likelihood to be hit by a natural disaster.

Australia ranked 18th while the USA came in at 30th. Least safe countries for tourists, using the criteria employed in this survey were South Africa and India.

WHAT’S IN A NAME? 

Plenty it seems – because all our critics and delegitimizers claim that we occupy territory which has never belonged to the Jews.

Here is a short video which explains the real connection of the Jewish People to the Land of Israel and refutes the specious historical revisionism embraced by the international community.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BasXaiHiiI

TRAIN OR TAXI? 

Two visiting Brits decided to see who could get from Tel Aviv to the Kotel in Jerusalem quickest.

Follow them as they try out a taxi and the fast train. It is useful to note that this took place in the middle of the morning and not at the height of the rush hour at the beginning of the day or late afternoon when the roads are choked full of traffic.

Fare wise there is no comparison between taxis and public transport.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPwOOJY0Pqg

Michael Kuttner is a Jewish New Zealander who for many years was actively involved with various communal organisations connected to Judaism and Israel. He now lives in Israel. 

[This article was originally published on J-Wire and is reproduced here with permission from Michael Kuttner.]