After a 4 1/2 hour journey with
suprisingly little security compared to previous visits my father and
I arrived in Tel-Aviv. Two adverts caught my attetion on the journey from
the airport to the hotel. The first said "Better the pains of peace than
the agonies of war" and the other was in Hebrew but was a picture of Bin
Laden's face with a speech bubble (which apparently said something like
"If you're looking for Bin Laden, you know where he'll be, he'll be at
BON MARTS! - A regional shopping chain similar to Primart's in the UK).
Before i set off I found that if I told people back in Britain that I was coming to Israel they were generally quite reactive . My personal feeling about the issues of this region are that I try not to have an opinion on the matter, because the more I find out the more complex it seems and I will therefore veer from trying to push any particular view point here. This whole region however does have a disproportionate effect on the rest of the world and for that reason I thought that while I was here I'd offer my reflections on the place, just in case you're interested. When I first came here it was very different to the image portrayed through the news, this is a place that can move from the familiar to the strange very quickly. Over the next 10 days I shall be travelling around from the North to the Dessert in the South. I hope you'll join me.