Moshe’s Letter

Dear friends,

I cannot summarize the Jewish history or Israel’s history in one letter. So I decided to bring you just a small and narrow point of view of the gap in life between my world and yours.

A few years ago I went to travel in Australia.
The first thing that ”hit” me was when I entered the shopping mall and there was no security guard at the entrance to search the people that goes inside the mall. It looked very strange to me because since I was a kid in Israel there are security guards everywhere. At shopping malls, at cinemas, at theaters, at schools, train stations, bus stations, coffee shops, restaurants, and so on…

I am not sure if you know the reason for all that security but it is very simple: Palestinian terrorists wants to get inside those places and bomb themselves in order to kill as many people as they can, no matter if it’s grown-ups or teenagers or kids or even babies.
I won’t tell you all the horror stories about things they did over the years, I just wish to show you how different my life and your life is.
I also don’t wish to get into the political argument but I think no innocent

man should get killed in any circumstance, no matter what that may be.
This call should be heard loud and clear all over the world.

I don’t blame you for not liking us so much.
I am sure that you know very little about what is really going on in Israel. But you have to believe me: we wish for a peaceful quiet life like you have and like people in every western country have. I can promise you that.

I can just only invite you to come here and travel here and enjoy all the great places we have here. I know it may sound strange after all the ”scary” stuff I said but I can assure you that Israel has a very high standard of security so it’s a safe place and a safe country.

Yours,
Moshe.

”All I want is to live peacefully in my own country”

To Whom It May Concern,

Israel could be a perfect place to live in; we have great weather, nice people and beautiful beaches. More than on a few occasions, my heart aches for what Israel is not but could be.
There’s no doubt: the continuous fighting over decades are taking their toll on the Israeli people.

On the other hand, in the face of recent events in the Arab world, like the riots about the Prophet Muhammad movie, it makes it harder for me to trust that the other side is a reasonable partner to negotiate with and it’s terrifying me.
How can you trust someone who is willing to kill in the name of religion but remains silent while tens of thousands are slaughtered in Syria?
Like me, the Israeli majority live in fear of the future to come, and for us to be hunted down just like throughout history.

To be frank, I can’t say that I fully understand the real reasons of the Middle East conflict, but more than that, I don’t give a damn. All I want is to live peacefully in my own country (isn’t it obvious?!). Most of all, I do hope that the citizens in Gaza are praying for the same things.
Although it’s hard for me to believe that their leaders are aspiring for the same hopes and dreams, but eventually their leaders will be replaced.
Nevertheless the sad part is it’s the citizens who are the ones who pay the price for their leaders’ actions. I am not denying that on this matter, our side is sharing the same truth.

Respectfully,

A despaired citizen of Israel.

P.S – I am willing to start a citizens exchange program, if any of you is interested 😉

”One of the world’s most exciting and vibrant cities”

Hi,

My name is Baruch, I’m 35 years old and I was born in and live in Israel.

Yes, Israel! You probably are imagining that I live in the desert, ride a camel while holding an M-16 and battling hundreds of Arabs, but that’s not quite my life.

I live in Tel Aviv, one of the world’s most exciting and vibrant cities, where I manage a clothing store in a shopping mall located in the city centre.  I look and dress just like anyone in Europe or the U.S.  I live with my partner, we’ve been together for 12 years – I’m gay and that is totally accepted in Israel. In fact, Tel Aviv is considered one of the ten best gay-friendly cities in the world!

Tel Aviv is ranked third in the world for the number of bars per capita, as well as for the number of sushi restaurants! The Tel Aviv beaches are gorgeous and amazing and are packed during the summer months – even during the winter, sometimes, when the temperature hits 20°C.

So, when are you coming to visit us? I can promise you’ll have an amazing time. I’d be happy to show you around!

Best,

Baruch

Photo credit: Yehonatan Levi.