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Being Israeli is music to his ears

‘I’m more than happy to represent the country I was born in,’ says Israeli Eurovision contestant Eddie Butler. ‘I love Jerusalem, I love Israel, I live for this country.’As he performs his soulful number at the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest …

An Israeli soldier’s ‘magical’ recovery

IDF Magician Liran Zeligman: I manage to tap into the little kid inside each soldier.There’s nothing magical about army service spent hunkering down on the Lebanese border, checking cars and individuals at a roadblock in the territories, or even spending …

An Israeli shares the winnings

‘My goal is to make youth believe in themselves, believe that they can do something,’ says Meirav Ben-Ari.Winning more than a million dollars on a television reality show was just the beginning of the dream for 30-year-old Israeli Meirav Ben-Ari. …

Israeli Arab restaurateur is a true optimist

Jawdat Ibrahim in his Abu Ghosh restaurant: This is the most important thing that I do – making meetings between Israelis and Arabs so that they can listen to each other. (Photo: Isaac Harari)”As an Arab-Israeli, I have seen that …

Solving an Israeli high tech riddle

Zohar Zisapel: When you invent something new you are looking ahead, trying to figure out how people will behave differently in the future.You might think that running one of Israel’s most successful families of high tech companies would provide enough …

Empress of Israeli dance sets sights on New York

Friedland: I take the layers from the library in my mind and when I start to work physically, they come out in stories. I’m communicating through dance.It’s the fantasy phone call or e-mail that usually doesn’t come – the Hollywood …

Israeli conductor lifts the baton

Gil Shohat: When I conduct, I hear the sound in my head a second before I get it.He’s likeable, sophisticated, media-savvy, workaholic, something of a celebrity in his native Israel, dedicated, unpretentious, successful, single and very, very, very talented.He’s Gil …

All-star Israeli ambassadors trot the globe

Although they read and write from right to left, Israeli women still run down the basketball court and shoot hoops in the same direction – and as well as their American counterparts – an attribute that women’s college basketball coaches …