My Exodus From America Has Begun

On July 14, 2015, I arrived in Israel. I am still very confused about the place and I am feeling a bit lonely, but when I read about news from the USA over just the last week I have no regrets. I did not leave the USA, the USA left me. I feel a little guilty since I am not a religious Jew nor particularly gung-go about Israel, but I hope that will help me get over the bumps in the road. I have no misplaced beliefs that Israel is perfect.

As to my fellow Americans I remain saddened and extremely disappointed. You have abandoned the common sense and decency that made America great. What future can there be for a nation obsessed with delusions?

About fafc

The goal of the “Find a Free Country Project” is to research, explore and find a safe and secure free country outside the USA, that is not too large, has a relatively open immigration policy, has a friendly business climate, has a non-intrusive government committed to freedom, and then move to it.
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5 Responses to My Exodus From America Has Begun

  1. Croatian Capitalist says:

    I wish you luck, I hope to leave my socialist country behind within the next year as well, but I will stay in Europe.

  2. fafc says:

    I am confident that I made the right decision in leaving the USA but not so sure about Haifa. Lovely place to visit but I don’t know if I want to live here. Getting simple things done, like finding an apartment, buying simple business equipment, seems so difficult and expensive. I am finding it difficult seeing myself living and working here. And it sounds like the rest of Israel is more or less the same, only more expensive. Also I seem to be very much out of sync with everyone here, not necessarily bad, but… I talk about business and everyone talks about jobs. That is not business to me; investing, entrepreneurship, that is business. As for jobs I have not had one since 1990, but if I did need a job it looks like there is very little interest in a 50 year old Anglo lawyer with experience in business in the USA, Latin America, and Europe. It would seem that after diligent study in my Ulpan I might get a position as a janitor in some old rundown building, if I was lucky. Just not very appealing, and certainly not the stuff of motivation. I do have business opportunities popping up for me since I have arrived, but they are in Georgia, India, China, and Eastern Europe. Traveling out of Israel is easy but seems to interfere with aliyah process. In fact it seems to be treated as a sort of betrayal. Don’t have a place to live here, don’t even know where to start looking. Feeling very old. And Israel is not a good place to feel old. There seems to be few crimes more despised than getting old. There is nothing really compelling for me here, and basing myself out of Israel seems very problematic there being more appealing options elsewhere. All very troubling for an old man, and I am feeling very old.

  3. Croatian Capitalist says:

    I am sorry that your first impressions of Haifa/Israel (in regards to liveability) have been bad, but hopefully things will change for the better as time passes, if not, then I think that visiting the Polish embassy in Tel Aviv and asking them about getting Polish citizenship would be a good idea (at worst you will lose a few hours, at best you will get Polish citizenship and thus the right to settle in the 28 EU countries + Norway, Iceland and Switzerland).

    • fafc says:

      It is an idea. I remember seeing a lovely travel show about Krakow. Seemed like a very nice place, and so close to rest of Europe.

      • Croatian Capitalist says:

        Krakow is definitely a beautiful city, even though it might not be the best Polish city business wise (that would probably be Katowice or Warsaw), but as I already wrote above, you would have the right to settle in at least 31 European (I am not sure what (if any) benefits EU citizenship brings in regards to Monaco, Andorra and similar European countries, since moving to such countries has never interested me, so I never looked it up), so you wouldn’t have to live in Poland at all (unlike Israel, Poland doesn’t require you to live there to gain citizenship (by descent).

        I consider Poland to be a good option, I believe it is the only European (or at least EU) country that has had constant GDP growth since 1992, and that isn’t likely to change anytime soon, even though there are still some problems leftover from the period of communist occupation (for example the judiciary still isn’t at the level it should be), but overall I think that Poland is one of rare countries in Europe that is generally heading in the right direction.

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