hi XplOit and welcome to CDRLabs
the NEC ND-3500A sells here in Israel too, and here as well it's rather cheap.
(located in Herzliyya)
i know this online store, bought there quite some stuff, they're OK and from someone else i hear their service is good too.
they have the NEC ND-3500A on sale right now for 490 shekels ($108), that's very cheap.
the NEC is cheap (in the US as well as here) since it's an OEM drive, it doesn't come with a box, manual, screws, IDE cable etc. and also doesn't always come with software.
the best i could find the LG (admittedly i didn't search much, just checked in www.wallashops.co.il
) was 500 shekels ($110) (OEM package, but with the software).
checked just now, it isn't there anymore - that particular group sale must be over.
checked just now, Lamir sells the LG 4120 for 506 shekels ($111) bulk (no extras), 559 shekels ($123) retail box (with all the extras). if you don't have the software (Nero and more) it's well worth the extra money.
wallashops has the NEC for 479 shekels.
http://www.wallashops.co.il/shopmind_po ... id=1303661
if you search you might find better prices then these.