I visited Israel! +1 country in my 'been there seen that' list) I really liked it! (of course the rigorous security in the airport was a little bit too much.. but if you are surrounded by countries that pretty much are your enemies what other choices you have..).
Sea of Galilea (Jesus walked on water here)
I really recommend you to visit the country if you will have such an opportunity!
PS Also this trip changed my opinion about my Canon L 24-105 f4 lense. It is not really good. I do not like 95% of photos taken with this lens. Pictures taken with this lense have no character. Also I had some peoblems with submitting them due to a poor lense performance (such as non-discrete focus areas..).
Decided to use my fixie Canon L 35mm f1.4 from now on! It is sooooooo much better for most of the photos I take.