Inquiet times, Israel draws over 3 million foreign visitors a year, with tourism employing about 6 percent of the Israeli workforce. But every few years, a security situation sends that number spiraling downward. During Operation Protective Edge, which lasted from July 8 to August 26, 2014, the number of arrivals fell by a third.
It took the industry a year to bounce back when suddenly, this October, Israel
was hit with a new wave of violence, in the form of stabbing,
shooting and car ramming attacks by Palestinians targeting Israeli Jews that have killed 11 people and wounded 153. But despite the higher death toll (only seven civilians within Israel were
killed during the 2014 conflict with Gaza) tourism has yet to suffer a significant blow, according to industry insiders.