CAMERA Fellow Roee Landesman

Israel is not merely a place

A couple of weeks ago, for Israel’s 70th anniversary, I was asked to reflect on what Israel means to me. Easy, I thought to myself. I grabbed my pen and began to brainstorm; Jerusalem, Israel, hummus, peace, white and blue. It was hard to stop. But as I took a step back and read through my ideas I noticed a gaping hole. These collections of ideas were all physical in nature, and lacked to explain how I felt about Israel.

Being stubborn, I continued to search for the perfect algorithm to crack this question. After all, the Jewish state means so much more to me than international headlines or camel rides, and I knew that if I was to answer this question, I had to start with looking inward.

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Contributed by CAMERA Fellow and vice president of CAMERA-supported group Mustangs United for Israel Roee Landesman.

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