Unbelievably, Israel Also Has Hummus

By Jeffrey Goldberg

Matt Yglesias goes to Israel for the first time (you'd think with all his commentary on the place he had actually visited once or twice before, but such is blogging) and discovers that Christians are interested in the Holy Land:

I've arrived at my hotel in Jerusalem, exhausted as one tends to be after a ten-hour flight featuring many screaming babies. It's of course difficult to achieve really deep insights on a brief trip, but one thing travel does help you do is recognize things that should have been obvious but are nonetheless easy to overlook. For example, I found myself shocked in the passport control line at Ben Gurion Airport by the enormous quantity of Christians on the line. In my mind, Israel is a place that Jews and people interested in politics visit--but there I was face to face with an enormous group of elderly Italians with crucifixes around their neck.

It makes perfect sense, of course, when you think about it for a minute. But in general I hadn't.

This article available online at:

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2010/10/unbelievably-israel-also-has-hummus/64296/