To those asking about travelling to the Blessed Land with children:
1. Travelling directly through Tel Aviv 10 years ago was for me with my children aged 3,2 and 1, the easiest route because it was quicker. We were honest when asked about our purpose of visiting.
We simply said 'to visit the holy places'. We expected to be questioned and face longer security checks, just as one expects a long wait at Jeddah Airport when one arrives for Hajj. My husband wore his normal jubbah etc. We were not taken in for questioning. Yes no one really smiled but that just meant we didn't have to smile back. On our departure from Tel Aviv, they scrutinised all our belongings even running a scanner over the babies nappies! Though they very politely told us this was not because they thought we had planted devices in our baggage, but because we had been to Gaza etc. someone else may have! When we realised they were taking long and the kids were getting agitated, we did what you would normally do in such a situation ; we asked them politely to be quick. they complied and added a few more people to our security check.
2. Travelling via Jordan on a umrah trip wasn't too bad either. You just have to get your timings right.
I personally felt that the wait though only a few hours, was longer than at the airport. Again I felt due to the children we were not taken in for questioning etc. There was also more getting on and off busses from the airport to one border control through security checks and waiting and then another border control then another ride to al quds! but worth all the waiting etc. if its 3 Holy Masajid in one journey.
3. Lastly, we didn't experience any major difficulties and most children adapt to new environments very quickly as long as their primary needs of food,drink and sleep are met. Regular treats also work! However, travelling with children to such a blessed place is worth every difficulty or minor inconvenience faced. This is one of the only types of mujahadah some of us face in our lives. And why not for such a noble cause?! The masjid requires our attention and we should visit it and claim it as our holy site