Israel is the refreshing cup of iced coffee on a warm Tel Aviv day and the breathtaking Jerusalem air on a beautiful summer night. It is the excitement of exploring its crowded markets and the safety of seeing its mighty air force flying overhead.

Israel is the constant war to survive as new threats are broadcast daily and the peace of the beautiful beaches as the sea gently meets the shore.

Eran Mordel

Israel is the elbow in your side as people push by, yet it is also the hand extended out if you ever need help getting up. Israel is familiar energy and tension and laughter and love.

But above all, despite its faults, Israel is an absolute acceptance and an unequivocal guarantee that I belong and that I am safe. In other words, Israel is home.

See all the reflections on Israel’s meaning on this special anniversary.