Where in the middle east do you live? I have family in Israel, and been down there a few times, always enjoyed myself. Its a beautiful area in its own way (not all of the fighting, but thats besides the point....).
No I live quite a long way from Israel, next to Saudi on an island called Bahrain. However I agree when you say it is a beautiful area. Fortunatly Bahrain is quite far removed from the fighting in the area