Israeli discovers his country has some friends

An Israeli finds some people in South Africa during the World Cup who love his country.

The irony alert was clearly malfunctioning when this was written:

Well, as it turns out, the South Africans who suffered so terribly under the apartheid regime – which some in the world compare to Israel – happen to like us.

I don’t know why we think the whole world hates us, but if there is one thing I learned in South Africa, it’s that our problem is our image. At the end of the day, we need to continue being who we are – smiling, intelligent, and warm, without trying to change. Those who didn’t like us before the blockade, or the flotilla, or some battle, will continue to object to us. Yet for most people, Israel is just Israel.

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