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Originally Posted by pathebikeguy
Jordan is a VERY friendly place. And safe for that matter. Israelies are allowed to enter Jordan. There's a peace treaty between the two countries. You can go anytime you want. Its the only country in the Middle East you can get into outside of Egypt. Probably safer to cycle there than in Israel.
I'ld be very nervous to come to Israel to cycle. Would want to catch a stray bullet. Plus it would render my passport useless in all other Middle East countries - except Egypt.
Except for the VERY STEEP climbs its a great cycling destination. Outside of Amman, traffic is light. Drivers are respectful of cyclists. Roads are in good condition. And the landscapes are spectacular. Lots of historical sites to explore. Food and water are easy to find along the Kings Hwy and the Desert Hwy. The Dead Sea Hwy is a different story - you'ld have to cary enough food and water for up to 200km. There are lots of off-roads possibilities too but I wouldn't do it without a guide.
I think you may have a slightly distorted, CNN-ised view of Israel. Stray bullets? We have zero gun related deaths here, except for the "battlezones", but those are out of reach for Israeli citizens.
Israel has a VERY developed cycling culture, you should come visit. Mountains in the North, desert in the South, friendly people(who drive like maniacs :-) ), and anywhere you throw a rock you hit a professional bike shop.
Touring is not developed,but other than that, it's a perfect place for a 7-12 day tour. And i'm not even Israeli per se, so don't accuse me of being biased
Regarding Jordan and Egypt - i'm an Israeli citizen, otherwise i'd go tomorrow. Peace treaties may look great on paper and at press-conferences, but Arabs still don't like us much, so they're useless.
Anyway, here's a link to the photo albums page of one of the cycling forums, so you can take a look for yourself.
And if you look closely at the attached picture you'll see cyclists on a club ride. And NO stray bullets whatsoever