You threaten to take away that nostalgic notion that they belong in Europe: the Israeli singer in the Eurovision, the Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team’s victories in the European league – and you’re seriously impeding their way of life.
Secular Israelis, much like that girl from Oshkosh, perpetually feel that they should be someplace else. That’s why there are so many Israelis where you live: they’re someplace else.
Stop any Israeli and ask them which they’d rather give up, participation in the Eurovision or East Jerusalem – I expect the results will be surprisingly even. If not worse.
About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.
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