Given the turmoil that seems, based on media reports, to constantly rock Israel, the Hedgehog Blog reader might well be inclined to ask, "why live there?" As good an answer as I have recently come across appears at the Israel21c website, in an article by Avi Hein, a recent immigrant to Israel, entitled "My Israel Top 12."
Mr. Hein's decision to live in Israel is not an isolated case. Indeed, immigration from North America and Western Europe to Israel is at an all-time high, and most of those new immigrants are young families and young single adults, often highly educated, in large part because the high tech booming Israeli economy is well able to absorb them.
Which may in turn lead the reader to ask, "Alright, Kosher Hedgehog, why don't you live in Israel?" A good question, reader, but one requiring more time and thought to answer than I have today.
I only just discovered the Israel 21c website and I am still exploring it. Here is how Israel 21c describes itself:
ISRAEL21c is a not-for-profit corporation organized under the laws of California that works with existing institutions and the media to inform Americans about 21st century Israel, its people, its institutions and its contributions to global society. ISRAEL21c creates, aggregates and broadly disseminates high-quality information to the American public about the Israel that exists beyond the pervasive imagery of conflict that characterizes so much of western media reporting. Our goal is to strengthen the vibrant and enduring partnership between the United States and Israel, and between Americans and Israelis.
Now that is a goal that the Hedgehog Blog wholeheartedly supports!