Chronicle poll results: Visiting Israel post-Oct. 7
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Chronicle poll results: Visiting Israel post-Oct. 7

We asked our readers if they have been to Israel since Oct. 7. Here's what they said.

Last week, the Chronicle asked its readers in an electronic poll the following question: “Have you been to Israel since Oct. 7?” Of the 258 people who responded, 90% said no and 10 % said yes. Comments were submitted by 69 people. A few follow.

I haven’t gone because of airfare prices. I wouldn’t be worried about going.

I should try to go.

I would like to go and support the country, which has been so hurt by the war and lack of tourism.

Oct. 7 has made me want to make aliyah.

I was in Israel earlier in 2023, so I’m happy to wait till things settle down before I return.

I know that I should go and volunteer but I am afraid for my safety.

I am not likely to go until they have a new government.

No plans to visit now or in the future. I lived there for several years and left as the country became more religious and less democratic. I am no longer a Zionist. I feel no attachment whatsoever to it.

We went in March and are going again in August. They appreciate our visits more than words can say! Everyone who can visit should visit now.

We were there for three-and-a-half weeks in April and we are so glad that we went. As tourists we were warmly welcomed and thanked for being there and supporting Israel at such a difficult time. More people need to go.

I don’t think my husband and I will ever go there. We are too scared it’ll never be safe again. I’m so glad I was able to visit 20 years ago.

My next trip to Israel will be a one-way flight. PJC

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