HUFFINGTON POST
10/24/2014 04:52 pm ET Updated Oct 30, 2014

Why Some Israelis Are Leaving Their Homeland And Moving To Berlin

A growing number of Israelis are choosing to leave their home country and relocate to what may seem to some as an unlikely location: Berlin.

While exact figures are hard to come by, tens of thousands of Israelis are believed to have moved to the German capital since 2011, according to The New Yorker. Many cite the cheap rent and low cost of living as reasons for moving to Berlin. But, the city has also become a hub for young people looking for an alternative, artistic and creative place to flourish.

Noar Narkis, the man behind "The Milky Protest," explained to HuffPost Live's Josh Zepps that the unbelievably high cost of living in Israel pushed him, too, to Germany.

Narkis, whose identity was recently revealed after earning the nickname "Pudding Man," became one of the faces of this conversation after he anonymously posted a photo on Facebook of a receipt from a German supermarket for a popular Israeli pudding dessert called Milky, pointing out how cheap it was in comparison to Israeli stores.

"Since I moved to Berlin a few months ago, I [have been] greatly shocked every time and every day from the low cost of living here comparing to Israel," Narkis said. "So, I just decided to start sharing details about life here with my friends. It's not only the 'Milky pudding' or that other dairy product, it's the general cost of living here in every aspect."

Some critics, however, find it hard to stomach that Israelis would ever choose to move to the former Nazi capital. Narkis countered that those who left "have no choice."

"Israel is my country, Hebrew is my language, and I truly prefer to live there," Narkis said. "But I'm 25, and like any other young Israeli, I know that even if I work for 30 years, I have no chance of buying an apartment in [Israel]. So, I am basically here just to save some money in order to build my life later in Israel."

Additionally, some Jews says they feel safer living in Berlin than other European countries. Raphael Podselver, a 25-year-old from France, recently told the Washington Post, that he felt "way safer in Berlin than I felt in Paris."

Watch the video above to hear the conversation on why Israelis are moving to Berlin.

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