Villas, Maids and No Rockets: For Israelis, Cyprus Is an Island of Unlimited Possibilities

Thousands of Israelis have moved to Cyprus – a quick flight from Tel Aviv – during the past few years. What does their life on that island in the sun look like?

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Dani Bar On
Dani Bar On

LIMASSOL – Until 12,000 years ago, dwarf elephants and hippopotami lived in Cyprus, their small size the result of evolutionary developments that spanned the ice age, beginning some 2.6 million years ago, on the island. The Cyprus elephant, for example, is thought to have weighed about 200 kilograms (about 440 pounds), a drastic 98 percent less than its early ancestors, which weighed in at over 10 tons. Reduction in body size, a well-known phenomenon among animals on many islands around the world, is apparently due to predation, a dearth of food and other factors.