Answer: Yes, and a very big difference! Israelis are those who live in this country, even though they could be against it, cursing its existence or envious of those living abroad. Israelis are a special breed of Jews, who were born and grew up here, and they feel free. Those who come to Israel from other countries don’t feel that way. They feel deprived in some way.
But native Israelis are not deprived in any way really, and even if they feel that the world puts pressure on them, they don’t accept it—the sensation of inner freedom remains with them. They are not afraid or ashamed of anything that a Jew who returns from a country of exile would be compelled to hide. There are great differences between them in their approaches to life and the world.
A Jew who is a born Israeli is more natural and open, and appears to be naive. On the other hand, those who were born and lived in other countries are constantly performing all sorts of calculations: this we can do, this we cannot, and to what extent. Local people do not have such calculations; they are more direct.
Nonetheless, the new generation of those born in Israel but raised by parents who were immigrants are not yet completely devoid of the exile. Therefore, they are more complex on the inside. They have a greater inner need for self-assertiveness than Israelis. They understand and feel a need to possess knowledge, power, achievements, and are not satisfied with high school education. They need diplomas, titles, and awards. All of this was passed on to them from their parents since for a Jew growing up in other countries knowledge was their only luggage.
From KabTV’s “Talks with Michael Laitman” 5/13/15