Masada Outtake

A general view of the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea as seen from the ancient hilltop fortress of Masada in the Judean desert in Israel, February 2015.

The ancient ruined desert fortress on a wind-swept  plateau overlooking the Dead Sea is seen by many as an emblem of Israel's fighting spirit, it is believed to be the place where close to a thousand Jewish rebels killed themselves and each other about two thousand years ago, rather than surrender and fall into slavery under the Romans. An unpublished outtake from a story I shot for The Washington Post recently.