(idea submitted by Sarah L.)
One of the fun aspects of being a Jewish Young Adult is that you get to poke fun of other Jewish Young Adults and revel in their idiosyncrasies. Part of this enjoyment comes in the form of Faking Israeli Accents. JYAs, males in particular, have taken this form of humor to unprecedented heights, and can frequently be heard joking about what they deem as funny accents and intonations. Some have even made quirky Israeli accents into veritable art, as can be witnessed in this example.
The penchant for poking fun of Israeli twangs has been around for a while, but was solidified and magnified by the recent Adam Sandler film, You Don’t Mess with the Zohan, which gave JYAs, females included, ample fodder for countless hours of laughter.
As the saying goes – imitation is the highest form of flattery – anecdotal evidence has shown that JYAs fake Israeli accents because they secretly wish they were their swarthy, manly, dark skinned cousins across the Atlantic. In effect, donning an Israeli accent while out with the bros gives them a macho feel and makes it easier to hit on the ladies.
It is important to note that female JYAs are less prone to faking Israeli accents than their male counterparts, but there has been a notable rise in usage as well. This possibly stems from the fact that male JYAs seem to have a fetish for female Israeli soldiers, leading females JYAs to believe that an Israeli accent is alluring.
It is also important to note that Israeli JYAs frequently fake American or British accents as well, but the reasoning is unclear.