The Israeli's are famous in Asia for their ultra-tough, take-no-prisoners approach to bargaining. I wouldn't be surprised to see them argueing for discounts in Japanese shops and supermarkets. They have got such a bad reputation that a lot of hostels and guesthouses and restaurants in countries like Thailand and Nepal have signs on the door saying "No Israeli's Allowed". The Israeli's complain about "anti-Semitism", and anti-Semitism does seem to be coming back in the world, after a 60-year absence. It's strange (and tragic) how history keeps on repeating itself.
Still, when I see the Israeli's just wandering from place to place across Asia, it reminds me of the South Africans I met in London complaining about how Nelson Mandela had ruined their country. It's like they have got no home to go back to, only a battleground.
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