Arizona tourist returns from vacationing in Israel, says he never felt unsafe

An Arizona tourist just returned back from vacationing in Israel, said despite the recent increase in violence, he felt safe throughout his trip.

Andy Hirchman returned from his trip to the Middle East Tuesday after spending days eight days in and around the city of Tel Aviv.

A nearby rocket explosion forced several airlines to cancel flights to the country, including the Federal Aviation Administration imposing a 24-hour flight restriction to the Tel Aviv airport.

"It looks like war," said Hirchman.

"Sometimes in the morning, sometimes in the middle of the day, sometimes in the evening a siren would go off," he said. Each time the streets would quickly clear.

"A car was driving by, stopped in the middle of the street, engine running and all four doors open. Everyone would just get out and run for cover," he said.

However, Hirchman said despite the violence and the warnings, he didn't feel like his life was in danger.

"I never felt at risk. I have absolute faith in the technology Israeli's were using to protect themselves," he said, referring to the Iron Dome.

Hirchman said he's looking forward to heading back to the country he's now visited twice.

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