Sabine Sterk – Flying to Israel
Soon, within two weeks it will happen again, I am flying home, home to the country where my heart is, home to the only place in the world where I feel genuinely happy. This has nothing to do with individual persons, but it is an extraordinary magical feeling, as soon as I set foot on Israeli soil, my heart opens, and I feel happy.
It starts already on my way to the airport, and I fly with the safest flight carrier in the world, ElAl, Israeli airlines. The feeling of safety starts by entering the line to the check-in. Special protection here for the Israeli’s, although it is sad that it is necessary; do not get me wrong, it gives a safe feeling.
Then special security officers of ElAl are handling with everyone individually. Israel haters find that annoying, for me, it is a feeling of safety that makes me choose ElAl. Everything is also checked hand luggage, but the waiting time in the line is nice, a good feeling, most people are happy to go to Israel, and we all know why we have to wait, for our safety.
In the airplane, the holiday starts for real. Delicious Israeli food is served while waiting impatiently to see the coastline from Tel Aviv, a metropole that looks a bit like New York City, only much more modern and sophisticated. That vision is always emotional for me. Back home, finally…
Israel is a vast melting pot of various cultures and nations, all together it is an exceptional nation where there is a vast tolerance towards all that is out of the box. Maybe that is why I feel happy in Israel, where they do not look strange whether you wear a burqa or a mini skirt.. all is tolerated in the most places.
I wish all Israel haters that never been to Israel a visit to Israel. Look with your own eyes and experience this beautiful country from first hand. Look with an open mind, and I am sure your opinion will change. Israel the only shining star in a sea of darkness.