Several organizations bringing Jewish teenagers and young adults to Israel reported cancellations among intended participants, but said the vast majority of those already in Israel have decided to stay on.
This article from Jpost is inspiring in that it seems not only are most students staying at the moment, but students are arriving! When I was a student in Israel in 1990, the Gulf War started and Sadaam threatened Israel with Scuds. Students from the Overseas school fled, and they cancelled the program. I went to pick ripe citrus on kibbutz, for how could a child of Zion abandon Israel in her time of need? That winter of 90-91, students were scrambling for anyway out of the country, and the planes were full of Israelis coming home.
Lets hope that we don’t see the wholesale cancellation of tours like we saw after the current intifada started, but I can understand the parents not wanting to send their kids to a war zone.
If you are in Israel now on a program and not sure what to do…There are many ways to help Israel during a war so check out Volunteers for Israel, in addition to additional Torah study, acts of kindness, and unity.