Next weekend I am flying to Tel Aviv for four days. I've never been before and hope to learn a lot about Israel and its politics. I want to brief myself a bit before the trip as I will be meeting quite a few important Israeli political types, so if anyone has some recommendations of things I ought to read (articles, features etc) do let me know in the comments.
Also, what's Tel Aviv like?
UPDATE: The trip is being organised and paid for by Conservative Friends of Israel, who, each year, take several groups of politicians and journalists to Israel to learn about the country and its politics - as does Labour Friends of Israel. I haven't seen the itinerary yet but I am told we will be meeting a wide range of people from all sides of the political fence.