Israel likes a party but is torn about New Year’s

December 30, 2013 7:03 PM

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So while there will be plenty of festivities on Dec. 31 — especially in the vibrant and Western-oriented Tel Aviv area, home to one of the world’s major high-tech hubs — almost everyone has to work the next day, giving the whole enterprise a somewhat underground, guilt-ridden feel.

Yossi Yosfan, 32, seemed to personify the mixed message: he was planning to attend a large party in Tel Aviv, but insisted that he didn’t mind the absence of a public holiday in the morning. “It’s not part of Israel’s heritage,” he said. “It doesn’t need to be more than what it is.”

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