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Israelis dream of Europe

The Gaza incursion provoked a wave of anti-Semitism in Europe and a surge in the number of Jews emigrating to Israel, but in Israel, the war has provoked some to consider emigration to safer, less polarized countries.
Pro-Israel demonstrators take part in a demonstration called by the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in France (CRIF) in front of the European Parliament in Strasbourg January 14, 2009. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler  (FRANCE) - RTR23DLX
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“I reached the conclusion that if I don’t do it now, it will never happen,” says Sharon, a man in his 40s who lives in the center of Israel. “I don’t see hope for this country. I never felt that I belonged and now it’s more than ever. I have had it with this place.”

Sharon plans to leave Israel and emigrate to Europe — Spain, to be exact. He plans to start a business somewhere peaceful and calm, where he can live his life, “instead of sacrificing this one and only life for politicians,” as he says.

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