ISRAEL - 5th Safest Country in the World

Arno Froese

Surrounded by a drumbeat of negative news in this country, a recent survey on the least and most safe travel destinations around the world, by a US insurance comparison website called The Swiftest may come as a jaw-dropping surprise.

According to this study, Israel is the fifth safest among the 50 countries in the world most widely visited by tourists. No, you didn’t read that wrong. The fifth safest, not the fifth most unsafe country to visit.

Turns out that the question that many first-time visitors to Israel are asked by friends and relatives when they reveal their plans to visit—“Are you sure it’s safe?”—is misplaced. Not only is it safe, but it is very safe; safer, in fact, than visiting the US (ranked 30), Canada (21), Australia (18), France (15) and the United Kingdom (10).

Israel’s overall safety index was -60.22, giving it a grade of A. Only Switzerland, the Netherlands, Denmark and Singapore were considered safer, with the last two countries earning an A+ grade.

If things are so good, goes an age-old question, why do I feel so bad? In the case of overall safety, the reason is that we are not comparing our situation here with that in most other countries. When we do, our situation doesn’t look as bad as it so often feels.

-www.jpost.com, 7 December 2022

Arno's Commentary

For those who have traveled often to the land of Israel, this report is not surprising. There is a breath of relief when landing in the Promised Land, and sometimes an undefined fear when landing back home. 

During the many years, even decades, this ministry had conducted tours to the Holy Land, it was repeatedly experienced that when just one terrorist act occurred in Israel, 20 to 30% of participants—some of whom had paid their deposit—canceled. We always responded that your country (the USA in particular) is significantly more dangerous than Israel. But such was usually of no avail. 

What does this tell us? We are not speaking to the general public, but to Christians who love the Word of God, rely on His providence, yet are totally indoctrinated by the media. 

The author, Israeli journalist Herb Keinon, who is currently the newspaper’s diplomatic correspondent, ends his short report, “…why do I feel so bad?” Obviously, he too consumes too much useless information, leading him to this conclusion. In contrast, searching for “the world’s happiest countries,” we find that the top ten starts with Finland, followed by Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Sweden, Norway, Israel, and New Zealand. 

For Christians, this entails the admonition given to us in Philippians 4:8: “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” That’s excellent advice.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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