Fear is absolutely not a part of it . How any passport can protect you in case of some trouble? If you think to move temporarly or permanently to another country you can do it very easily with your proud Israeli passport, you don't need anything else. And if you stay in Israel and there is a fight - do you think they would ask for your passport to see it before they fight you? The main reason why so many people in Israel have a foreign passport is ... just because they can. With so many people who came from outside (or who's parents or grandparents came from outside) it is no wonder so many israelis are entitled to a foregn passport. And when you can have something many people just take it, without any particular reason. Another common reason is to be able to study abroad without a need to pay "overseas" students charges which are many times higher than the charges for an "europen" student. I suppose there are a few more similar "mercantile" reasons. Myself, I'm entitled to have a passport of a couple of countries in East and West Europe and of Russia, but I don't think I will ever do it - I'm too proud of having my Israeli passport and don't want aything else even if it gives some advantages. But Gideon - please do apply for a foreign passport, your articles will be very welcome in Europe.
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from the article: Fear is driving Israelis to obtain foreign passports