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May 14, 2019 6:27 am

What’s Happening in Tel Aviv

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Cars drive on a highway as a train enters a station in Tel Aviv, Israel, Nov. 25, 2018. Photo: Reuters / Corinna Kern.

I just returned from a 10-day trip to Israel, and had some random musings that I wanted to share:

  1. People are so happy in Israel. It’s a great place to live, visit, and be — from constant music in the streets, to so many cultural happenings. People’s quality of life seems to be booming, and so is the economy. The restaurants in Tel Aviv are amazing — from Eyal Shani’s many joints, including one where I had an amazing pizza at 3am, to Shila, which had among the best fish I’ve ever tasted. There’s always something to do, and this week, of course, Eurovision will be held in the Holy Land.
  2. It’s been many years since I spent Independence Day in Israel, and what an inspirational experience it was. To see proud Zionists in the street waving Israeli flags with the Jewish star was inspiring, as was seeing people of all ages celebrating the beauty of Israel. Wow — just wow.
  3. The Setai in Tel Aviv has redefined luxury for hotels in Israel — great service, breathtaking views, an amazing pool, and great food. I highly recommend it.
  4. Electric scooters in Tel Aviv are all over, and everyone takes them everywhere. They save time and are so much fun — I felt like a teenager riding them. Download the many apps before you go to Israel (I prefer Lime, but there are many choices). I wish they were legal in New York City.
  5. The media is so out of touch about what is happening in Israel. Reading the recent interview in The New Yorker with Michael Oren while there was extra eye-opening. Literally no one is thinking about a two-state solution. My friends — many of whom are secular Israelis who voted for Gantz in the recent elections — don’t believe “peace” can happen. There’s no real left in Israel these days, simply because the Palestinians have shown what they are really about.

Ronn Torossian is a public relations executive. Read his Algemeiner columns here.

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