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JAN 15, 2013 - New Statesman

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Why are there so many Israeli ex-soldiers in India?

A rite of passage.They tower over the natives: martial torsos; arms with coiled-wire sinews and a combat-hardened stare. Goliath hands clutch nervously at the tote bags. These are ex-Israeli soldiers and they are in India. Haggard and weather-beaten, fresh from military conscription they come to Delhi, Goa and the Himalayas to party and regale each other with stories of past. It is a rite of passage for many young Israelis to visit India after finishing their compulsory military service. The shekel goes a long way, the locals are friendly, drinks cheap and hashish and ecstasy circulated ... Read More

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