Monday, November 26, 2018

Life in Israel is never boring or dull - by Michael Kuttner

If there is one thing that can be guaranteed, apart from death and taxes, it is that life in Israel is never boring or dull…

Michael Kuttner..
23 November '18..

Living in parts of the world where nothing in particular is happening and one day is as predictable as the next can seem to be desirable but is usually boring. Where there are no challenges and no purpose the boredom levels especially amongst teenagers tend to ramp up and in many cases leads to suicides and other anti-social problems.

In Israel, the majority of youngsters learn very early on in life why they are living here and what it means to defend the values and the very existence of those around them. Terrorism has now reached almost every corner of the globe and in places where it has not yet reared its lethal head, it is only a matter of time before it does. It is a sad fact of life that Jews have been the target of hate crimes for millennia and nowadays it is the Jewish State and its very legitimacy which is under constant threat.

Therefore when we are faced on a daily basis with manifestations of antipathy most Israelis are not fazed and instead redouble their efforts to defeat it. Some of the latest examples exemplify how the world has gone mad and why life here is a daily roller coaster.

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Michael Kuttner is a Jewish New Zealander who for many years was actively involved with various communal organisations connected to Judaism and Israel. He now lives in Israel and is J-Wire’s correspondent in the region.

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