On March 28, 2011, your editor traveled to the Land of Israel for ten days. For a Christian this is a once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage to the land where Jesus walked. For a Jew, this is often a one-way trip, or a more regular pilgrimage. For your editor, this became a highly personal journey, not merely to a land, but to a fresh appreciation of human gallantry and honor.
Your editor came to Israel intending to see some sites of archaeological, historical, and faith import. Israel has that—in fact Israel has the highest concentration of archaeological sites, often many levels deep, of any geographical region in the world. But it is also the rightful homeland of a people who have endured incredible persecution for thousands of years, but still carry on. And, contrary to every expectation, reasonable and unreasonable, they do so with far less bitterness of spirit than others have shown who have endured considerably less (including many who have made up a story out of the whole cloth). Those same people will not even let nature stop them, for when they returned to a land that had become desert, they remembered how lush and fertile it had been, and grimly decided to make it so again. And in that they have succeeded.