|Mount of Olives|
(CNN) -- The Holy Land makes for inspiring, fascinating, confusing travel.
To some, the chunk of territory between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea is all Israel.
To others, it's all Palestine.
For most -- as is true so often in this region of shifting truths and manipulated historical narratives -- it's a bit of both.
|A child walks through a gap in the concrete blocks of a security wall in the West Bank village of Eizariya, east of Jerusalem, in a 2003 file photo. Take a walking tour of East Jerusalem, or a pilgrimage to the Palestinian city of Bethlehem and you'll run into Israel's infamous security barrier. CNN|
Israel exists as an intersection of three major religions, Christianity, Judaism and Islam, creating a complex blend of cuisines.
"It's easily the most contentious piece of real estate in the world, and there's no hope -- none -- of ever talking about it without pissing somebody, if not everybody, off."
|Ibex are just one attraction of the Negev Desert. CNN|