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Travel to middle east?

Anyone out there know about the realities of life in the middle east right now? I'm hoping to travel to Jordan and Israel this summer but everyone and their mom (well, maybe just MY mom) is flipping out that it's unsafe and trying to stop me from going. I'm reasonably well traveled and I try not to scare easily, but I've never been to the middle east so I have no clue how bad it really is there. I doubt I'll be venturing far off the tourist track for this particular trip.

Someone who knows more than I am: please tell me I shouldn't be scared off from this trip because I am very excited about it!


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