(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

The National Security Council Counter-Terrorism HQ has issued the following statement today (Thursday), 24 November 2005:

“Recently, there has been an increase in terrorists’ threats to kidnap Israeli citizens abroad.  The NSC Counter-Terrorism HQ underscores its warning to Israeli citizens and recommends that Israelis abroad be especially cautious:

1) Avoid visiting or staying in Arab countries (except Mauritania and the Comoro Islands) and other countries for which there are travel warnings;
2) Reject tempting and/or unexpected foreign business offers;
3) Refuse to accept unexpected gifts and invitations for free holidays from suspect or unfamiliar elements; and
4) Reject invitations to unexpected meetings from unfamiliar elements in remote or isolated places, especially at night.”