My dentist is orginally from Paris. He excitedly told me that he recently went on vacation to Manhattan ["a really nice hotel on Madison and 41st"]. I felt his excitement because I was the proud sponsor of his vacation and it looks like I am sponsoring the next one as well. He said that he appreciated the fact that one could walk around safely wearing clearly Jewish garb [although he himself doesn't wear a kippah]. Where he is from - you get beaten up.
G-d bless America [but Israel is home...].