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7 Reasons To Date An Israeli

You’ve probably heard a lot about Israel in the media, but what do you know about Israelis? Here’s why you should want to get to know Israelis… in the biblical sense.

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1. They’re extremely hot / Via

Let’s start with the most superficial of reasons, and not pretend like you only care about personality.

There is no typical Israeli look (Israeli hair color ranges from blonde to black and their skin tones vary no less), but somehow, they all manage to be insanely good looking. Maybe it’s the mix of races which gives each Israeli their exotic appeal (a girl with a Polish mother and a Moroccan father can marry a guy with an Iraqi mother and a Russian father), or maybe it’s their utter confidence. I’ve honestly yet to meet an Israeli with low self-esteem. And what’s more sexy than confidence?

2. They’re tough and sweet at the same time / Via

Don’t be fooled by their rough exterior.

Israelis may seem hard to handle, but once you get to know them, they’re complete sweethearts. That’s why native-born Israelis are called sabras – just like the cactus, they’re spiky on the outside, but when you open them up there’s a soft, delicious fruit inside. Israelis are the warmest people I know – once you get used to their direct way which might seem aggressive to those unfamiliar, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by their big hearts.

3. They’re happy / Via

300 sunny days a year does not a grouch make!

It’s no coincidence that Israel keeps being ranked one of the happiest countries in the world year after year. Maybe it’s the fact that they appreciate what they have – they’re used to having to protect their country (they all join the army at 18) and they understand what it is they’re protecting. They really know how to live and their most bustling city Tel Aviv was ranked one of the top party cities in the world. If you ask me, it’s pretty fun dating someone who knows how to have fun and who stays positive.

4. They’re always ready to lend a hand / Via

Even the strongest of us need a little help once in a while.

Israelis are always the first to help out in times of trouble. If someone trips on the street, you’ll immediately see 10 Israelis rush to their side to see if they’re okay. From sending letters of support to injured soldiers to volunteering to teach Ethiopian immigrants Hebrew, Israelis are happy to help out. They’re also quick to help other nations – last year after an earthquake shook Nepal, for instance, Israel’s aid team was one of the largest in any international aid mission. This, from a teeny country that’s barely a dot on the globe and has enough of its own problems to deal with. Wouldn’t you want to be with a selfless person who drops everything to be by your side in times of need?

5. They’re honest / Via

In Israel, being polite to spare your feelings isn’t a thing.

If you ask an Israeli guy if this dress makes you look fat, don’t expect him to automatically say no. He’ll tell it like it is. Israelis will always give it to you dugri (straightforward and direct). You’ll never have to guess what they’re really thinking or expect them to pretend they like something if they don’t. You really want to know if your tehina came out good? They’ll tell you it sucks if it sucks, without thinking twice. That way you’ll be able to improve. This takes a bit of getting used to and at first you’ll think they’re being jerks, until you realize their honesty and anti-BS way is really refreshing… you’ll probably find yourself being more direct yourself.

6. They bounce right back from rough times / Via

Their strength is unstoppable.

Israelis are all about survival – nothing can bring them down. There’s a reason why Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day) comes right before Yom Ha’atzmaut (Independence Day). Instead of remaining somber after commemorating Israel’s fallen soldiers, the mood is shifted swiftly to celebration. In fact, the Israeli National Anthem, Hatikva, is all about hope. Israelis gather in celebrations across the country, watching sparkling fireworks, going to concerts, crowding the streets for street parties… Nothing can stop Israelis. Life can throw you a lot of unexpected difficulties, and it’s important to be with someone who can help you come out stronger.

7. They’ll be your best friend / Via

I think the Friends song “I’ll be there for you” may actually be about Israelis.

Israelis don’t take friendship lightly. Their best friends in their adult lives are usually the same best friends they went to school with. When one goes on a one month trip, all of his closest friends will escort him to the airport. Birthday cards will be hand-written heartfelt letters rather than a Hallmark greeting card. Don’t be surprised if the coworker you met a couple weeks ago shows up to work with your favorite cupcakes on your birthday and gives you a giant hug. Basically, Israelis are the best friends you could have – so imagine how great they treat their significant others.

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