Word of the Day Freier פראייר

Many of the stereotypes that foreigners love to level against Israelis may derive from a national fear of being taken for a sucker.

The urge not to be a freier may well be one of the most basic drives of the average Israeli. The sense of horror at the thought of being a sucker – which encompasses not just falling prey to a scam, but getting a rawer deal than someone else in just about any situation – can be said to contribute to a wide range of stereotypically Israeli behavior.