Israeli officials expressed outrage today at a US State Department warning against traveling to the Red Sea resort town of Eilat, saying it proved an anti-Israel bias in US policy and amounted to “rewarding terrorism.”
The US travel advisory came in the wake of a series of rocket strikes against the city, which failed to do any damage or harm anyone. One of the rockets did, however, stray into Jordan and kill someone in a nearby Jordanian town.
Therein lies the “outrage,” as Israeli Tourism Minister Stas Meseznikov insists that the State Department should have issued a travel warning against the Jordanian town of Aqaba as well.
The US, however, already cautions American citizens that rocket attacks are a danger in Aqaba as part of their travel advisory to Jordan and traditionally the State Department has not issued travel advisories as a matter of foreign policy. The Israeli outrage at the incident, however, suggests they may be under pressure to revise this policy and issue additional warnings just so they don’t offend anybody.