A different kind of Israel

Israeli blogger Gilad Lotan explains how the world misunderstands his country:

Even though Israel receives more than enough coverage by mainstream media outlets, I know for a fact that the majority of people have long ago stopped trying to understand this never-ending Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In many people’s eyes, Israel is a place of war, bombs and constant battles. True, the many conflicts of the past years tremendously affect the country, but there are many other issues, some extremely important, which are always overshadowed by the larger conflict. People do not realize the extent to which internal struggles are taking a huge toll within Israeli society. Some are about the definition of Israeli identity, clashing between orthodox and secular, its unique cultural diversity and immigration laws, in addition to a variety of issues that come up regarding minorities such as the Bedouins, Druze and Israeli Arabs.

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