The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT & ANALYSIS -

An Amer­i­can olah lists the things she loves about Is­rael, which in­clude:

“I love how I stud- ied Span­ish for years in Texas, but I only be­came flu­ent af­ter mov­ing to Is­rael and get­ting ad­dicted to Ar­gen­tinian te­len­ov­e­las (soap op­eras).

I love that you don’t worry about not hav­ing Fri­day night plans on Fri­day af­ter­noon — no one else has made them yet ei­ther. Just wait till 9 — you’ll be turn­ing peo­ple down.

I love that any­where you go there is his­tory. Even if you don’t know it.

I love that you can walk through the Old City (dur­ing the qui­eter times) and see peo­ple and sites from all reli­gions and for­get there is a con­flict go­ing on.

I love see­ing garbage men with tz­it­zot hang­ing out.

I love how ev­ery­one recog­nises the names of al­most ev­ery ter­ror vic­tim and kid­napped sol­dier.

I love how Is­raelis are so close to their fam­i­lies, and will do any­thing for their mum’s cook­ing.

I love how I don’t feel the need to look over my shoul­der when I’m walk­ing down a dark street alone.

I love how you can sit at a wed­ding at ta­ble with 12 peo­ple and ev­ery­one is from dif­fer­ent coun­tries.

I love that I don’t feel the need to be re­li­gious in or­der to feel Jewish.

I love the ‘Care­ful - Camels Cross­ing’ signs on the way to the Dead Sea and Ei­lat.

I love how ran­dom acts of crime are barely ex­is­tent.”

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