09.06.2011 7.Siwan, 5771 Schawuot 2
Undeterred by travel warnings, recent revolutions and other troubling signs, four of us headed south on a clear May morning to conquer the Sinai – or possibly just the fear of it.
"Are you out of your bloody mind!?" was the response I got from nearly everyone when I told them I was going to Sinai on vacation last month. "Why? I think it's safe – honestly" was my shrugging rebuttal to all my fearful friends, the bulk of them Israeli, of course.
I have been going to the Sinai Peninsula regularly over the course of the last four years and no harm has come my way. Granted, I did so as a journalist originally, traveling mostly to Sharm el-Sheikh to cover Middle Eastern summits, armed with press credentials, an Aryan appearance and dual U.S./Israeli citizenship. But, really, how different would it be if I traveled just as an Israeli, looking for some Bedouin R&R in the shanti-heaven that is Sinai?…