What do you wish you had known about this particular city/country before moving there?
Do not expect Europe, because it’s not Europe. The streets can be dirty, there are lots of street cats (and the smells that come with them), the driving can annoy you, and Israelis are often perceived as loud, entitled, rude, unhelpful, difficult, or oblivious. Those things are all superficial, and Israelis really are warm, lovely people. If you know what to expect going in, the minor annoyances probably will bother you much less than if you came here thinking you were moving to a typical European or US city. It’s just similar enough to confuse you into thinking it’s fully Western, but just different enough to make you scratch your head sometimes. - Aug 19, 2017
That what is called Israeli rudeness is often just people being straightforward. It can still be rude, but often you can just strike it up to cultural differences. - Oct 24, 2016
How prickly Israelis can be to strangers or in first encounters. In fact, native Israels are call "sabra" (prickly pears). They're prickly on the outside, but great friends once you get to know them. - Apr 12, 2016
How much of it is off-limits to Embassy personnel. kind of a bummer, but it is what it is. - Nov 18, 2014