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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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kiew1 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
I agree with the poster dofaust, I am sure PR companies in Israel would love this photo. It would be nice to know who they are, how they are, etc. A couple? Just good friends?
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DamaInNero Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015
During the first trip to Israel, I have not spoken in Hebrew, so could not ask them. I think that they are just friends in military service. :)
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Rodegas Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015
And this is why I believe in Khazar theory :)
(Ashkenazi Jews are the descendents of the Khazars who converted to Judaism in the 8th century)
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DamaInNero Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015
I also read about this theory, but I do not believe. Of course, a long life in the Diaspora is reflected in the language, traditions, clothing, cooking. :)
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Rodegas Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015
Well, not all Ashkenazi Jews are the descendants of the Khazars, but significant number is (Russia, Ukraine jews majority is from post khazar kingdom) You can just look on the features and tell they are not from middle east region. 
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DamaInNero Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015
It is such an ancient people that today it is difficult to define the exact origin. Anyways there are genetic traits that are common to all the Jews, which have been scientifically determined; this is why I think that the theory of a different people converted is unlikely. :)
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CreeppingDeath Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015  Student Digital Artist
What a nice photograph! Long live Israel!
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DamaInNero Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015
 Am Israel Hay! :hug:
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CreeppingDeath Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Student Digital Artist
yes indeed :huggle:
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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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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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DamaInNero Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014
:)
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LucyFaerie Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
Absolutely beautiful!
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DamaInNero Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
Thanks. :heart:
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LucyFaerie Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014
You're welcome.
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JocelyneR Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
Beautiful couple and portrait!  :heart:
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DamaInNero Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
Thank you. :hug:
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NSolanki Featured By Owner May 6, 2014   Photographer
Lovely couple
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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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DamaInNero Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
:hug:
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Do you travel alone or with someone? I see, you're all time on the way to somewhere xp
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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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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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DamaInNero Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
I wish you too. :hug:
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Thank you :3
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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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DamaInNero Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
Dziękuję bardzo. :hug:
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blanket86 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful and very interesting photo!
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DamaInNero Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
Thanks! :hug:
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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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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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DamaInNero Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
Thank you.
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ynissim Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
great photo !!
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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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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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DamaInNero Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
Unfortunately, no. I took their addresses
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GlassHouse-1 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
I'm sure they would love it.
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DamaInNero Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
Sorry, I meant I did not take their address! :(
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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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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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GlassHouse-1 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
I guess that would be a problem.
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