Israel’s southern resort city of Eilat got a surprise visitor on Wednesday that sparked a brief, but intense security situation.
Vacationers reported the police and military suddenly swarmed an Eilat beach after a Jordanian man suddenly emerged from the water.
The infiltrator, who was quickly apprehended, crossed the maritime border underwater, and was then spotted swimming on the surface toward the Israeli beach.
He later told police that he was fleeing Jordan’s economic collapse and looking for a better future in Israel.
As bizarre and even amusing as the incident itself was, the man’s motivation once again served to debunk the Palestinian narrative concerning Israel.
Back in the good old days before the internet, it was much easier to convince everyone that Israel was an oppressive country where an Arab could find only misery and sorrow.
But today, no matter how often they shout “apartheid,” many Arabs just aren’t buying it. The truth of the matter, that Israel is a free and inclusive country for all its citizens, is just too easy to ascertain. That Arabs generally live a far better and freer life in the Jewish state than in most Arab states is now common knowledge.
Are things in Israel perfect? Certainly not. Racial tension and discrimination can be found at the social level. But that is true of any country with ethnic and religious minorities. As a matter of policy and law, Israel does not discriminate based on race or religion, and is a country of opportunity for all who live here legally, and even some who snuck (or in this case swam) in under the radar.