Updated: Aug 23
There's a reason that native-born Israelis are called Sabras. The term comes from a tenacious, thorny desert plant that English speakers call the prickly pear. What makes it unique is that it has a tough exterior that covers an unexpectedly sweet, softer interior fruit. Israelis, most of whom came out of persecution in Eastern Europe and the Middle East, tend to have a very prickly, tough exterior. But inside, they are salt of the earth. The sweet fruit is not always visible—not on a busy Sunday (Sunday is our Monday) morning in Tel Aviv. That is all prickly exterior. But if you are in need, really in need, Israelis will give you the shirt off their back.