TEL AVIV — One of my brothers lives in Northern California, a few miles away from Apple’s new circular spaceship-like campus. A few days ago, hanging out, we ate one of his favorite spots, Falafel Stop.
First, the falafel was amazing. If you’re ever there, seriously — awesome.
Second, Falafel Stop is the sort of place that would make Trump World supporters go berserk. Here was America in the 21st century for real: two Iranian-American couples who’d driven down from San Mateo on a double date because the Yelp reviews made Falafel Stop out to be so good; a pair of Indian-American families at one of the tables, each with a 3-year-old boy; a couple of gearhead car dudes wrapped up in a discussion over whether a 2004 Lexus i300 is the best used-car buy, like, maybe ever.
Third, all this was because the Israelis had made it very cool to eat — and hang out — there. For anyone and everyone.
Which is the point.
In tech, medicine, beauty and skin care, food, all kinds of things, Israel is increasingly one of the world’s cool brands.
Now — what about sports?