It feels good to be in Jerusalem. I did not know what to expect. While there has been much in the news about violence breaking out, I know from other times that the news seems unrelated to what is actually happening on the ground. Since last year, there were no new or newly activated check points between the boarder with Jordan and Jerusalem. While there is a lot of Israeli police presence (carrying M-16s) here in Jerusalem, I don’t think that it has increased since last year. Talking with long-term travelers, it seems that generally there is less grilling people as they enter Israel.