By Deena Levenstein
Israel has been in the news more than usual the last couple of months and yet it’s one of the five happiest countries in the world. How does that make any sense?
Israel has always been, and remains, a complicated place. But a lot of us Israelis often ask ourselves, how do we get across how normal day-to-day life actually is here?
“Despite a complex political situation that seems to live in the headlines of international media, everyday life is astonishingly normal… There is a thrumming, modern and future-forward element that takes many visitors by surprise,” Patricia Schultz wrote in her recent article on travel to Israel.
That’s the thing about Israel and her people which you need to experience first hand in order to get – many of us are working feverishly on setting the ground for the future of our dear little country. From innovative artists to hi tech entrepreneurs, we’re working on building, on fixing and on creating a beautiful society.
In Schultz’s article, Joe Yudin, founder and CEO of Touring Israel, makes the point vis a vis the booming local culture of wine and cuisine:
“I specifically see a huge change in culinary and wine tourism. Twenty years ago you really had to look hard for a great meal and a superb Israeli wine.”
Not so anymore, said Yudin. “There has been a huge upswing in quality restaurants and wineries as a result of Israelis returning home from long trips abroad and melding that experience with local, ancient traditions.”
Israel is an inspiring enigma which you’ll begin to understand, and definitely begin to fall in love with, once you start experiencing it for yourself.
Israel is waiting for you!
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