An Israeli official who came to the United States in 1995 to work in a food processing plant in Washington state said he felt “incredibly lucky” to have been a Jew in the late 1990s.
“I was raised in a very religious household, and I came from a very liberal and liberal home,” he said, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution.
“In my life, I never had a negative experience with Jews.
In fact, I grew up with many Jewish friends, and there was always a Jewish feeling that you would have when you saw them.”
“The only time I ever experienced any prejudice was when I came into Israel,” he continued.
“And I didn’t feel the need to hide it from my friends.
But the only way to know that I was different is to know.””
The way I was raised was that there was a kind of taboo for me to be different,” he added.
“I didn’t have the luxury of thinking about it or talking about it.
So I never knew what it was like to be Jewish in Israel.”
Israel is one of the few nations where Jews are officially recognized as citizens.
“I came to America for a very simple reason, to have a better life,” said the Israeli official, who said he was born in Brooklyn and was raised by his parents in the Tel Aviv suburb of Kiryat Arba.
“To be able to live in a country where you can go to school, have the opportunity to go to the movies and the restaurants and the parks, where the people are more friendly, where there are people who care about you and who are willing to help you.”
The Israeli official said he became a “good citizen” and was soon able to leave Israel to pursue a job in the United Kingdom.
He said he left after graduating high school and attended the University of California in Berkeley, where he majored in business administration.
“I wanted to get a job, to become an entrepreneur and to start my own business, so I was studying business,” the Israeli officer said.
“My first business venture was a pizza restaurant in Israel called The Pizzeria in Tel Aviv.
That’s where I met my wife, Sara, who was also studying business.”
In 1993, the Israeli employee said, he was assigned to a factory in Washington, DC, to build a pizza delivery truck.
“There were about 300 people in that factory, and it was a very small operation,” he explained.
He said he had no idea at the time that the Israeli-born, Palestinian-American man he had hired to help build the truck would become one of his greatest mentors.
“It’s hard to explain, but the most important thing to me was that he always believed in me,” he recalled.
“He never told me anything that I didn, and that’s what made him so great.”
When he arrived in Washington in 1999, the American worker said, the company was a small operation, but he was immediately struck by the “beauty” of the factory.
“[He was] very patient and very attentive to the customers, and he always put the customer first,” he remembered.
“But he never made any threats or said anything about my job.
The American worker, however, was soon drawn to the Israeli’s leadership.
When they opened the factory, they made him feel welcome.
He said that he soon noticed a “sense of pride” in the Israeli workers who were “fiercely loyal to their jobs.””
“We became very good friends,” he told The Jerusalem Report. “
We never felt like we had any other options.”
“We became very good friends,” he told The Jerusalem Report.
“The first time I met him, I had a very strong feeling that we would become good friends, because of his character and his willingness to help me.”
In 1999, he said the Israelis “started hiring people who would be part of the team.
We had a lot of people in our company, but not all of them were from our team.
I started to realize how important it was that we get the best people in the business, and so I started looking for people who were very good people and who were willing to give me opportunities.”
In 2000, he began to interview potential Israeli-Americans.
One day, he recalled, a man came up to him and asked, “Why are you here?”
The Israeli worker replied, “Well, I have to do my job.”
“He said, ‘I’m looking for a driver, and if you want to do your job, you better get in line.’
And I said, `You know, I’ve never been in line before.
I just wanted to help.'””
He asked, ‘Do you have a job?’
I said yes.
He asked, `Can you drive for us?'” The