I recently went for a drive to the Jordan Valley which is one of my favorite places in Israel/Palestine. Eileen chose not to join me as she has concerns about security there. I told her that I never encountered a problem, but she didn’t buy it. Maybe it’s my ignorance or arrogance as some of you have said, but you only live once, and the Israeli Defense Force’s presence, was noted.
I chose to drive the less direct route as I find going this way to be much more interesting (for photography that is) than the more direct (and safe, I guess) route.
When entering the West Bank, there was no checkpoint checking passports. When leaving though, the Border Police checked everyone carefully, looking at both my American and Israeli passports. I appreciate these checks and makes me feel even more safer when in Israel.
Tomorrow I continue sharing my journey to the Jordan Valley…