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Why were we going to Israel? For the winter sunshine, of course

But no one – friends, relatives, colleagues or immigration officials – will ever believe that

23 January 2016

9:00 AM

23 January 2016

9:00 AM

Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece, Croatia, Morocco: if I had picked anywhere else on the Mediterranean for a family holiday, at least anywhere that’s not convulsed by civil war, I don’t think anyone would have noticed. But when I told friends that we were taking our children to Israel on vacation, I got some odd looks.

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Anne Applebaum is a contributing editor of The Spectator. She can speak French, Polish and Russian. Her books include Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944–56.

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