State Dept. renews travel warning for Israel December 12, 2001 Share 1 -- WASHINGTON -- The State Department renewed a warning to defer travel to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza following several violent incidents, including the bombing of a public bus. "Ongoing violence has caused numerous civilian deaths and injuries, including to some American tourists," the State Dept. said. "The potential for further terrorist acts remains high. The situation in Gaza and the West Bank remains extremely volatile with continuing confrontations and clashes."The State Dept. advised Americans visiting Israel to avoid locations such as restaurants and cafes, shopping areas and malls.