The groupie began calling out to passersby:
"Don't listen to them; they're not real Israelis."I was outraged and marched into Nathan's tent to ask him if he thinks Israelis with accents (obvious immigrants like myself) aren't real Israelis. He seemed genuinely upset by what the young groupie had done. Making aliyah, choosing to live one's life in Israel should be considered on a higher level than those who were just born here, like an accident of fate.
Here I am decades later still with accented Hebrew. We'll soon be celebrating forty years in Israel, though I may not sound very Israeli.
Many people say that there's an "express lane" to being an Israeli. It's not a pleasant road. This week we'll be celebrating Israeli Independence Day which is preceded by Soldiers and Terror Victims Memorial Day. Losing a family member or close friend in war, army action or terror attack introduces us to a different level of the Israel experience.