(Ugh.) Definitely a downside once you get past the initial ego boost.. Forget Silicon Valley – Tel Aviv’s startup scene is thriving with brilliant geeks on the verge of tapping into the next AI or cybersecurity breakthrough. As former soldiers, these brilliant geeks are equipped with survival and handyman skills that will make all your Ikea fantasies come true. One month later, he was standing on her Jane Street doorstep, all of his life invested into his (one-way! I won’t ruin the story by recounting the disaster that ensued, but the grandeur of that gesture was never lost on me. While I immediately noted Paris-level make out sessions all over Tel Aviv, one scene in particular scarred my prudish eyes.
The only difference is that the men in Israel seem to be a “look but don’t touch” crowd, which makes the predicament far more tolerable. The memory of them adorning sidewalk coffee shops in all their hipster glory is one that I hold close to my heart, right alongside the view of Jerusalem’s Old City. Supposedly they also plan great dates, whisking you off on beachside promenades and gastronomical adventures.. I was standing by the bar at a nightclub when I spotted a couple passionately making out, with the guy simultaneously exploring the girl’s nether regions with his hands. They thoughtfully looked down at her denim-clad crotch area. I naively assumed that they were configuring the location of their sleepover party, when they suddenly recommenced full force, driving the whole thing home within a few (extremely awkward) minutes.
) as its national treasure, guaranteed to lure young Birthright dwellers for years to come.
Having spent a full week studying both the culture 1. Perhaps as a result of mandatory military service, Israeli people appear completely incapable of sugarcoating their message with the customary glaze of bullshit.
While I was certain that the chickpeas fiend in me would have a blast, I wasn’t as convinced about my demi-shiksa.
As a New Yorker I am used to Israelis coming with a certain stigma, notorious for shady business dealings in the same way that Russians are infamous for insurance scams.
My friends assured me that this was simply a stereotype created by a small segment and that I was really in for a personal Promised Land of hot hipsters with MIT scientist minds.
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