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Pros and Cons of Living in Israel

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By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Mar 11, 2023

Summary: The pros of living in Israel include the country's rich cultural heritage, its vibrant economy, its excellent healthcare system, and its strong sense of community. Additionally, Israel is a safe and secure country with a strong military presence. On the other hand, the cons of living in Israel include the high cost of living, the ongoing conflict with neighboring countries, and the fact that it is a small country with limited resources.

What are the pros and cons of living in Israel?

Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Israel responded:

"Expats and digital nomads living in Israel often appreciate the country's vibrant culture, diverse cuisine, and rich history. They also enjoy the warm climate, beautiful beaches, and outdoor activities. On the other hand, some expats and digital nomads may find the cost of living in Israel to be quite high, and the language barrier can be a challenge. Additionally, the political situation in the region can be a source of stress for some," remarked one expat in Israel.

"I came to Israel because I loved it here. My two kids live here (my daughter got married this week!) But life here is so so unnecessarily hard. I'm shocked at the filth and garbage. The constant noise (and I'm a city girl, from NY & Boston). People don't recycle. Dog poop all over. Cost of living is sky high (cheaper outside the center, but the center is where everyone is!) Our wi-fi sucks half the time though that's getting better. The banking laws are medieval. So there ya go. We are out of here soon," explained one expat in Tel Aviv.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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