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Israeli Travel Advisory: 'Threat Has Grown'


JERUSALEM, Israel -- The world is not a safer place for Israeli families planning to travel abroad during the upcoming fall holidays, according to the government's counter-terrorism bureau's bi-annual travel advisory.

The summer war with Hamas and the increasing influence of Islamist groups, including ISIS, in Europe, both contributed to the bureau's warning that "the potential threat has grown," the Jerusalem Post reported on Tuesday.

The travel advisory noted last May's terror attack at the Jewish Museum in Brussels, carried out by a French Muslim who had fought with Islamist groups in Syria.

"There are concerns about additional attacks on Israeli and Jewish targets around the world, with an emphasis on Western Europe, by global jihadi elements (including Islamic State), particularly by veterans of Syria and Iraq who return to their countries," the advisory warned.

The travel advisory also warned of the global jihad by Iran and its Lebanese proxy, Hezbollah, targeting Jewish businessmen and tourists, among others.

The Sinai Peninsula, formerly a favorite vacation destination for Israelis, is absolutely off limits, the National Security Council Counter-Terrorism Bureau warned. The bureau also cautioned Israelis doing business in Africa of increasing danger.

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