I'm at a loss...
Here are my options in Israel (in the same price bracket):
Kona Kikapu 2005
Trek Fuel 70 2005
Haro Shift R5 2005
Specialized FSR XC
I ride off road (on medium to semi difficult trails) once a week and perhaps
these are all a bit over the top for my needs but they are within my
budget of $1,000 - $1,200 in local currency.