US Embassy in Israel issues travel warning for Judea and Samaria

BREAKING: The US Embassy in Israel issued a travel warning to US citizens due to possible violence in Judea-Samaria and Gaza.

The travel alert comes amid Israel’s plans to apply sovereignty over Jewish communities of Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley.

“The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens residing in or considering travel to the West Bank and Gaza to maintain a high level of vigilance and to take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness. Violence can occur with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, government checkpoints, markets and shopping facilities or government facilities. U.S. citizens should carefully consider risks to their personal safety and security when considering visits to sites and events that are potential targets,” the embassy said in a statement.

Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas announced earlier this month that the PA sees itself free of all the agreements and understandings with Israel and the US, including on security matters, as a response to Israel’s plans.

In a recent briefing to senior IDF officers, Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi said he was issuing an alert to army commanders regarding a possible escalation in Judea and Samaria ahead of July.

So far, the IDF has not sent reinforcements to Judea and Samaria, despite a rise in the number of terror attacks in the last two weeks. 

As part of a coalition agreement, PM Netanyahu and Benny Gantz agreed that the government can begin moving forward with applying Israeli sovereignty to Jewish communities of Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley after July 1, a move expected to enjoy backing from a majority of lawmakers in the Knesset.

According to President Trump’s Mideast peace plan unveiled in January, the US will recognize an Israeli application of sovereignty over parts of the Jordan Valley, Judea and Samaria following the completion of a survey conducted by a joint US-Israel mapping committee, and if Israel agrees to negotiate under the framework of the proposal.