Rather than remaining free in America where the Israelis couldn’t touch him, Era Rappaport flew back to Israel to be with his friends. The police were waiting for him at the Ben Gurion Airport when he got off the plane.
“Why’d you come back to Israel?” a reporter asked him.
(I think a reporter asked him – or maybe I just made it up for the story I wrote for The Jewish Press.)
“As a Jew, I’d rather sit in a prison in Israel than be a free man in America!” was what he answered.
Anyway, that’s what I wrote that he said.
Because I believe that it’s true.