As has been widely reported, President Nelson cut short his visit to Jerusalem. He did so because of concern about challenges with travel to his next destination that might arise if he stayed in the region and NOT because of concern about security within Israel -- it was determined that it would be easier to get to his next destination in Africa from Europe than from the Middle East, where there may be unanticipated restrictions on flight lanes. To accommodate this unexpected change but keep with his original schedule, he and Elder Holland and their wives needed to leave Jerusalem a day early.
Jerusalem and the Holy Land have been unaffected by the recent events in Syria and remain peaceful and calm. The 84 students currently at the Center have no restrictions on their individual travel beyond the usual Center rules, and it is anticipated that they will complete the full field-trip program and their classes as planned.