At least it wasn't the camera. I've never had any real desire to visit Israel for the iconic religious sites but really hope to one day visit these desert places that you bring to us. Some of them remind me so much of the Colorado Plateau.
Israel has a lot to offer - religion,history,desert,sea,forests,volcanic lands and its all in small scale and close to each other, for the past months i brought mainly desert photographs just because of the fine weather,but i can't wait for spring to come to visit some non desert locations. if you are a desert fetish then it is definitely an area you should visit, not only in Israel but also in Jordan just across the river, then you'll see canyons which are almost a duplicate of the canyons in the Colorado Plateau, one ranger told me Moab,UT is named for that area.
I got this from Wikepedia - Moab is the historical name for a mountainous strip of land in Jordan. The land lies alongside much of the eastern shore of the Dead Sea. The existence of the Kingdom of Moab is attested to by numerous archeological findings, most notably the Mesha Stele, which describes the Moabite victory over an unnamed son of King Omri of Israel. The Moabite capital was Dibon. In Biblical times, the nation was often in conflict with its Israelite neighbours to the west.