I think it's a GREAT idea - both for boosting our image abroad and for helping people renew their connection with the country. Our biggest capital in the propaganda wars (which we are sorely losing) is the social capital we have built up over the years. It has to be strengthened. Former kibbutz volunteers know what the reality is and that it's not what is seen on the news on TV. I know an English volunteer that said he had been flamingly anti-Israel - and anti-semitic. Then his friend came back from a stint on kibbutz and said "It's nothing like you think or like what they show on the news. You have to go see for yourself." And he did. He told me that he planned to go back and spread the word. We former volunteers are the best ambassadors! When all the performing artists cancelled their tours to Israel during the last intifada, Sting davka came because as a former kibbutz volunteer, he said he knew the REAL story. He wanted to come to encourage the Israeli population and gave a (free, I heard!) concert in a park in Tel Aviv just for that reason. So yes - I think it's a great idea! Where's the sign-up?
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from the article: Kibbutz volunteers to mark centenary with nostalgic return to Israel