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Friendliness! by DamaInNero Friendliness! by DamaInNero
I met these two young soldiers on the bus to Tel Aviv in Israel. They were so merry and looked so happy with their life that I could not help but to ask them if I could take a photo of them, which they gladly agreed to.
To me they perfectly represent the Israeli youth: I've travelled to many places but I have rarely seen so many happy and hopeful young people as there. They all look so serene and sunny, even when they're carrying such a dangerous duty as being soldiers.

Мальчик с автоматом, девочка с винтовкой,
Это быт народа Солнечной страны.
Что мне пожелать Вам, Внуки Иеговы?
Счастья и Свободы, Мира и Любви!

A Boy with a gun, a Girl with a rifle,
This life of the people of the Solar Country.
What I wish you, Jehovah's Grandchildren?
Happiness and Freedom, Peace and Love!
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dofaust Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014
These are poster-children for Israel, in several ways.
This image clearly illustrates so much that is wonderful about
the small state surrounded by so many hostile states,
and so many hundreds of millions of hateful neighbors - needlessly, of course.
I'm a Jewish Yank, and I and many others are aware that
for whatever reason, Israel is losing the PR war.
I suggest that you try to get this image in the hands of PR companies
throughout the world.
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DamaInNero Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014
First off, I'm very, very sorry for the late reply: I am not very familiar with English, so I waited for my son to come back home so he could translate this reply, because I wanted especially to write you back.
I published this photo in a Russian-language social network in a pro-Israeli group and an Israeli friend of mine published it on Facebook, but I'm afraid that's not nearly enough. I would love to contribute to refute such a hostile opinion many people have not only on a country they do not know, but especially on a century worth of history they don't care looking into. The only thing I can do is writing on the forums of the Italian press in order to give a different perspective on some negative coverage which is definitely biased. I know that's not much, either, but I do hope at least someone of the people who read my comments will stop to think for a while.

Greetings from Italy! :hug:
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Anakuklosis Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Student Photographer
Lovely couple and nice shot! They look so cute! We always have, in general, this wrong perception about soldiers where we think they're cold and unscrupulous but your picture shows very well they're just persons and the uniform is just a dress that doesn't define who they are.
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:icondamainnero:
DamaInNero Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
I've seen many young people who contribute to thesafety of their country and they all gave me a sense of protection, rather than intimidation. I felt a mixture of thankfulnes and maternal instinct to them.
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Giangius Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014
They are so lovely together that I feel a bit envious :-)
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:icondamainnero:
DamaInNero Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014
:)
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LucyFaerie Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
Absolutely beautiful!
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:icondamainnero:
DamaInNero Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
Thanks. :heart:
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:iconlucyfaerie:
LucyFaerie Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014
You're welcome.
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:iconjocelyner:
JocelyneR Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
Beautiful couple and portrait!  :heart:
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:icondamainnero:
DamaInNero Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
Thank you. :hug:
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:iconnsolanki:
NSolanki Featured By Owner May 6, 2014   Photographer
Lovely couple
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:icondamainnero:
DamaInNero Featured By Owner May 6, 2014
Thanks. :hug:
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Trippy4U Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
So young to be doing a job that's so weighty...bless all soldiers everywhere :peace:
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:icondamainnero:
DamaInNero Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
:hug:
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:iconnihilistictemptation:
Do you travel alone or with someone? I see, you're all time on the way to somewhere xp
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:icondamainnero:
DamaInNero Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
I visited Prague and Barcelona with my students, several trips to Italy with my friends from Germany and Israel (I was the guide for them), but more often travel alone. In the autumn of my son and I were traveling with our beautiful Sardinia.
I visited Israel twice, I bought there day trips with a guide, very cheap! It was the most interesting trips, indescribable beauty! :)
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:iconnihilistictemptation:
I want travelling in the future, but not alone. I'm afraid of world a bit and I want change it. I think, It's amazing that we can go anywhere we want to. You'll be for me an example and I wish you a lot of great trips :)
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:icondamainnero:
DamaInNero Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
I wish you too. :hug:
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:iconnihilistictemptation:
Thank you :3
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:icondamainnero:
DamaInNero Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
Мальчик с автоматом, девочка с винтовкой,
Это быт народа Солнечной страны.
Что мне пожелать Вам, Внуки Иеговы?
Счастья и Свободы, Мира и Любви
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christophf Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
ya toshe togo samogo shelayu Tebe i Tvoiei stranie
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:icondamainnero:
DamaInNero Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
Dziękuję bardzo. :hug:
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:iconblanket86:
blanket86 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful and very interesting photo!
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:icondamainnero:
DamaInNero Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
Thanks! :hug:
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:iconmarmotica:
Marmotica Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful!
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pakhnokh Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
amazing! they are so cute! :D
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:icondamainnero:
DamaInNero Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
When I am in Israel, and I see a young soldier, I feel the tenderness and at the same time I feel calm: they keep me well
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Becky123190 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
great photo
God Bless The IDF
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:icondamainnero:
DamaInNero Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
Thank you.
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:iconynissim:
ynissim Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
great photo !!
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:icondamainnero:
DamaInNero Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
Thanks!
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SuperYoghi Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
Bella immagine di giovani sorridenti ! Bellissima !
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:icondamainnero:
DamaInNero Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
Si! Non ho potuto resistere e ho scattato la foto!
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GlassHouse-1 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
What beautiful faces. I hope you sent them a copy.
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:icondamainnero:
DamaInNero Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
Unfortunately, no. I took their addresses
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:iconglasshouse-1:
GlassHouse-1 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
I'm sure they would love it.
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:icondamainnero:
DamaInNero Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
Sorry, I meant I did not take their address! :(
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:iconglasshouse-1:
GlassHouse-1 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
Oh, too bad. Sometimes when I take someone's photo, I mean to ask them if they want a copy, but then I always forget. If the photo turns out well, then I feel bad.
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:icondamainnero:
DamaInNero Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
When I took this picture, I have just started to learn Hebrew, so do not know many of the words and could not ask them to address.
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:iconglasshouse-1:
GlassHouse-1 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
I guess that would be a problem.
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:icondamainnero:
DamaInNero Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
Alas ... yes...
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CaryAndFrankArts Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great photo!!
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:icondamainnero:
DamaInNero Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
Thank you!
:hug:
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CaryAndFrankArts Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Always a pleasure!! :hug:
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broshsara Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
So sweet!!!!!
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maria-PT Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I never had doubts about the people and the country that is Israel, I agree with the comment Gilzur. I hope one day to have the pleasure of visiting Israel and from what I know of people who have already done so, is the safest countries in the world. Mazel Tov and nice picture by the way ;)
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DamaInNero Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Thanks! :hug:
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ShlomitMessica Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
lovely ,young and beautiful! shavua tov=good week:heart:
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:icondamainnero:
DamaInNero Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
גם לך
:hug:
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