Postcard from ... Tel Aviv

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  • Interesting article - I've heard good reports from friends visiting Tel Aviv and would like to visit, the nightlife being a drawcard!
    On the political note, its hard to avoid the fact that Israel let's itself down. As a country born from oppression of its people, its a shame it has not 'treated others as it wanted to be treated itself'. Yes some ME regimes are despicable (see comments on Postcard from Riyadh). However, Israel's policies in Gaza and the West Bank are disgraceful - just because Israel has democracy unlike most ME countries is irrelevant to this fact. The admirable Menachem Begin, former terrorist (against the British), President of Israel and then Nobel Peace Prize winner, said he had no doubt that Israel would be judged "by its treatment of the Palestinians" - with the siege of Gaza, the illegal colonisation of the West Bank, the building of 'the wall', the continued occupation of foreign lands and disregard for international law including basic human rights.... perhaps 'apartheid' is a suitable description?

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  • This is an excellent article.
    Reading the comments on your piece from others, it is a shame that some people seem incapable of distinguishing their one dimensional political views from Natalie's personal reflection on the city where she works.
    It is undoubtedly their loss.

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  • Sounds like a nice place but there's no getting away from the (sad) reality that the country in which it's located is guilty of crimes against humanity.

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  • Peter, do yourself a favour and actually don't visit Tel-Aviv, there's a good chap. you might bump into some people who recall how, after 1939, the British refused to let Jews escaping from the Nazis into Palestine. And your comment about how other countries' (presumably Arab) lack of democracy and Human Rights gives them some 'get out of jail card' is rank hypocrisy.

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  • Anonymous@7.03 pm: After the Iraqi and Afghan wars, I presume that you won't be visiting the UK very soon, then!

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  • Great article, great country.
    Why is it whenever there is an article about Israel vitriolic comments appear - "genocide" "apartheid".
    Israel is a small country surrounded by enemies that question its fundamental right to exist (Iran/Hamas and others). It is is a democracy struggling to resolve a complex political issue. Most Israeli's accept there has to be a fair and just resolution of the Palestinian issue but as in most democracies getting a consensus is not easy.
    The vitriol does not help. A more considered (lawyerly) approach to the issue would go a long way.

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  • Anyone with a brain and a conscience can discern that Israel is a complicated place with a dramatic history. At times, Israel as a state is deserving of criticism, as is any other state in the world.
    I am alarmed, however, at the unrestrained venom that many of the comments here express. As much as I am reluctant to equate anti-Israel rhetoric with anti-Jewish racism, I can only conclude that much of the unsubstantiated vitriol levelled against Israel by readers of the article is motivated by prejudice and bigotry.
    I fail to understand how it is relevant or proportionate to unleash a hail of hate against Israel upon reading a light hearted commentary on a vibrant Mediterranean city.

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  • It sounds great. I'm sure the newly-orphaned children growing up in the Gaza slums would love to live in such a land of opportunity!
    The point is, no one is denying what a fun place it might be to visit, but try not to be seduced by the bright lights.

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  • I daren't make any negative statement against Israel for fear of being crucified. You can't justify evil acts against others on the basis that they have been perpetrated on people like you in the past.

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  • I spent a couple of months at Heskia Hacmun Law Firm and it was realy great. Really recommended for interns.

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