From an extensive story on Israel in the travel section of The Times of London:
Go ahead, ignore Israel, and keep trotting back to the same old destinations you’ve visited a score of times. But you’ll be missing out on culture that makes Venice look like Milton Keynes, and weather that makes Tenerife look like Leeds. And you’ll be missing a people whose sheer beauty makes Catherine Zeta-Jones and Johnny Depp look like Dawn French and Stephen Fry. Oh, and you’ll be missing out on supporting, in some small way, a dazzling, good-hearted country surrounded by barren theocracies who’d rather it had never existed. In seven nights, my friend Nadia and I stayed in Jerusalem, the Dead Sea, Eilat, and Tel Aviv. And though we came back determined to return ASAP, and well aware that there was so much more to see, in no way did we feel exhausted or short-changed. From what I’ve seen, there is a heaven. And its name is Israel.