Israel will be my last stop on this trip – it has to be.  Many of the countries I will have traveled to by then, this year and last,  would refuse my entry based solely on an Israeli stamp in my passport.  Israel to most of the Arab states is a country they consider to exist illegally or even a county non grata.  In the spirit of this whole trip – to learn not just about the ancient monuments or current politics, but the human experience, I hope to meet people of all walks of life:  Of various faiths, of different social classes, of opposing political view points.  I hope to understand their different world views and to expand my mind.  I admit that I fear the worst – to find fanatics and hardliners.  Let’s see…  ET