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The Xenophobe's Guide to the Israelis
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Born in Israel, Aviv Ben Zeev attributes his Angst to a father who is of German descent and his temper to a mother who comes from the Argentine, a combination that made him a bit eccentric. Raised on the knees of the Israeli education system, he learned to take nothing for granted, and to try never to be a Freier. After four long years in IDF uniform that looked particularly bad on him, he waved aside what should have been a brilliant career as a second-rate classical guitarist, and set out on his mandatory post-army trip. In the course of this he found himself in a New Zealand college teaching about Israel and in the University of the Kingdom of Tonga amusing students with tales from the Holy Land. He also discovered a passion for airports. The word 'airport' was enough to make him join the circle of telecommunication company employees. Indeed, it is in airports that he may be found most of the time, en route to this or that remote country. His home, though infrequently inhabited, is situated in the bustling heart of Tel Aviv, where he himself can be spotted circling about in his automobile, searching in vain for a parking space. All in all, trying to keep his place - on the Map.

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'Witty, Smart, Funny, Accurate description of Israelis. If you find yourself in Israel or working with Israelis you should read this book. I found myself laughing out loud while reading it, and when I showed it to my Israeli colleagues they agreed with me: all their secrets are at last revealed!' -- Reviewer from Sweden 'Right on and witty! Knowing Israelis for many years through business and travel, I can only say this book is accurate in its witty depiction of Israeli culture. Highly recommended not just for those interacting with Israelis, but for those who are interested in what makes Israelis tick. More than that - it's just fun to read!' -- Reviewer from Italy 'I would strongly recommend reading this book before visiting or coming to live in Israel, to unveil or at least learn some of the characteristics of this unique community. Although, I must say most of the people you will meet only play some of those roles described in the book, so don't worry - you're not jumping head-first into a zoo. It's quite a western country, overall.' -- Reviewer from Tel Aviv, Israel Scarily accurate. Anyone who has ever attempted an Israeli queue will attest to the accuracy of this book. Without being particularly insulting, this book prepares you for the somewhat unexpected Israeli people. Anyone going to Israel, especially for a longer stay, should look into this book. -- Review from 'A customer'

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