First and foremost, I want to be clear this article is not intended to generalize or brush all Israeli women with the same stroke.
Just as in any society around the world, Israeli women are as diverse as they come. I decided to write this article because I frequently meet primarily international men in Israel who feel intimidated by Israeli women. My goal is to shed some light on why at least some Israeli women behave and think the way they do, again, based on my experiences and observations.
I had my first experience with a native Israeli in after moving to Tel Aviv in January of that year. The good news is, Israeli women tend to be straightforward, which means you can ask them what they want and expect from as early as the first date, or they might just tell you anyway.
Growing up in Los Angeles, it was normal for guys to shave their chest, and many girls preferred it, so I kept shaving it even after I arrived in Israel. Needless to say, we broke up a few months later.
Two years later, I was pursuing a server at a restaurant I used to frequent. Shortly afterward, this server agreed to go out with me on a date, and we dated for 18 months, one year of which we lived together.
During the relationship, she told me: That one day when you came into the restaurant and started yelling, it really did something to me. It simply means, express your manlihood in whichever way s feel right and natural to you.
Israelis in general have a high BS radar, so faking it will only backfire in the end. Like they say in the firefighting world, fight fire with fire — or, in this case, fight spicy with spicy. Just like in any relationship, pick and choose your battles wisely.
This might be the most underrated piece of advice here, which is why I left it for last. Josh Hoffman was born and raised in Los Angeles, and moved to Tel Aviv in after accidentally falling in love with someone on his Birthright trip.