A U.S. airstrike in Iraq has complicated my plans to take my family to Israel tomorrow. Still, I don’t plan on suspending my trip.
Yesterday, Iranian General Qasem Soleimani was blown up via a U.S. airstrike while leaving Baghdad International Airport. The assassination of a top Iranian political leader has escalated tensions in the region and put Israel on alert as Iran has promised retaliation.
Many readers recommended I hold off on taking my family to Israel. While such suggestions are well-intentioned, I will nevertheless proceed as planned.
Israel has always been a political hot spot. Throughout its history, it has weathered war and conflict from inside its borders and out.
Walking through the streets of Jerusalem or Tel Aviv is certainly more risk—statistically—than walking through the streets of Zurich or Munich. But if I really want to minimize risk, I should not rent a car and instead take a bus or train within Israel. Driving remains inherently more dangerous than the remote threat of being in the wrong place at the wrong time in the case of political unrest or a stealth attack from Iran or Hezbollah or Hamas.
Without unnecessarily risking my family, I will not live in fear. As I explained in my earlier post, this trip is essentially now or never, at least in 2020. So I will take the trip now and I know my wife, son, and I will have a magical week.
Is there more risk in going to Israel than staying in Germany? Sure. But life is simply not worth being afraid of what might occur when there are so many more dangerous risks inherent in daily life.