Israel is a place you really don't want to make fun of, seriously don't. Think about how they suffered during WWII by Germany and Adolf Hitler. The Jewish people of Israel have had a sad history, and what's wrong with that?
Israel is NOT a bad place to visit, in fact a pretty decent place to visit, but not the best place mind you. Its unfortunate rivalry with Palestine, that's why, so you might rather want to be West of Israel rather than East of Israel.