With violence in Jerusalem in the news again, I'm feeling so grateful that I was able to visit that region, see the situation for myself, meet people who live there and hear their stories. Whatever you may think of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, I can't encourage you enough to go there and see it for yourself. Visit Israel. Visit the West Bank. See the good and the bad. Talk to real people. Form your own opinion.
I personally went in with one perspective, and came back with another -- in some ways, more sympathetic towards both Israelis and Palestinians. Everyone in that region, regardless of their background or ethnicity, deserves safety and prosperity.