In the past, it was harder to break-up because often you and your spouse were in the same circle of friends, or at work or in the neighborhood.
“One for them is our very inefficient public transportation network which makes it harder to meet up.
Another thing is the lack of clubs and bars that cater for the middle aged, people above the age of 40 -- like me.”Almog says this was because Israeli society itself is in-flux and the industry of night life is relatively new.
“Officially, it’s not a dating site but nevertheless, practically speaking, it is a very popular pick-up place and ironically, that’s because it doesn’t have that stigma.”Ronen, who has lived abroad for extended periods, says he often finds Israeli single women very assertive.“Israeli women can be very bold today and will come up to me and ask me for my business card and they ask me where I’m from and say ‘You’re so cute’,” he says.
“Many of these are women are freed-up from a miserable relationship.
Ronen says that “seekers” who are put off by the blatant dating clubs and sites use other, more subtle activities to meet partners.
“Meditation classes, Yoga, Kabbalah studies, Tantra courses; it’s a meat market,” Ronen says.They are saying to themselves that they live only once and they don’t give a damn and they deserve to enjoy life.”Zahavi-London says that people seeking a partner are not necessarily interested in getting remarried but are mainly looking for a partner to take them out of their loneliness.The “seekers” population in Israel is growing and not just because more and more people are divorcing, but because, as Prof.We have to adapt.”Israelis use the Hebrew term Panu’i or “seeking” to describe that growing chunk of the population looking for a relationship around which an industry has been built.According to those in the business, Panu’i is anyone over the age of 24 who is officially either divorced, widowed or has never been married and is looking for a partner.“Dating sites have taken the place of the matchmaker with one exception,” Zahavi-London tells The Media Line.