6 Great Things About Living In Israel

The Ramat Gan skyline. Photo: Wikipedia

If you’ve a news junkie or are just passively interested in the countries and geography of the Middle East, then Israel is probably best known to you as a land of geopolitical unrest. Or perhaps as the place where Tel Aviv is located and a lot of humus and falafel is eaten.

For those who actually come to make a home here, however, Israel also offers a lot of positive — as well as some limitations. I’ve discussed some of the latter challenges before (did you know Israel is the eighth-most expensive country in the world with the second-highest real estate per square meter?).

Nevertheless, regardless of whether you’re living in Israel because you think it’s your only true home, you’re a diplomat stationed here, or you happen to have been moved here for job reasons, there are also undoubtedly many positives about life in Israel.

Here are some of them.

It’s The (Only) Jewish Homeland

For Jews, this reason tends to trump all the downsides. For non-Jews: if your Jewish friends are staying in Israel despite constantly grumbling about the cost of living, this might be the reason.

Israel is the world’s only country with a Jewish majority. The only country in which Jews aren’t an ethnoreligious minority And the only country in which the national holiday calendar accommodates those of the Jewish faith.

It’s the land where Judaism originated and to which a hefty percentage of world Jewry returned after the state’s establishment in 1948.

Nowadays, more Jews live in Israel than in any country in the world, including the US (although, thanks to the long tail of the Jewish diaspora, the majority of Jews continue to live outside the country).

Much more exciting than humus is Ethiopian food. Thanks to the influx of Jewry from this part of Africa one doesn’t have to travel that far in Israel to dig into some injera and misir wot.

Other excellent delicacies that can be found in abundance in Israel:

  • Falafel
  • Shawarma
  • Knaffe
  • Persian food, French patisseries
  • Turkish coffee (caveat: not so easy to find somewhere that knows how to prepare Turkish coffee properly and doesn’t just pour hot water on top of grounds; Israelis call this ‘botz’; I call this an abomination.)

Israel Can Be A Great Place To Live

Despite the sky-high cost of living, the country’s precarious geopolitics, and the now annual tradition of holding elections, Israel is, in many respects, a country that offers its citizens a high quality of life.

There’s lots more to say. But the best thing to do is to come to see things for yourself

About the Author
Daniel Rosehill is a professional writer based in Jerusalem specializing in ghostwriting long-form thought leadership content for technology executives and public sector clients.
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