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Israel in Camera
This was not a pilgrimage: Knafo walked the whole way to the government complex in the capital in order to protest the policies of the finance minister at the time - Benjamin Netanyahu, who decided to make cuts in the soft underbelly of Israeli society, in the allotments to the weaker sectors like single mothers.
Featuring four scruffy and evidently brilliant but otherwise nondescript young men and their mentor, tech guru Yossi Vardi, the $400 million exit made the front pages. As they beamed at the cameras, Israelis applauded; and geeks nationwide perked up.
Most Israelis have vivid recollections of where they were and what they were doing upon learning that Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin had been shot at a big peace rally in the Tel Aviv square that now bears his name. I have equally sharp memories of the previous Saturday night.
To bring down the veil of secrecy around Israel's nuclear program, one would need an insider with credible evidence, but for the first quarter century of the nuclear project, until the mid-1980s, none came forward. Enter Mordechai Vanunu, an embittered nuclear technician, radicalized by extreme left-wing circles and bent upon challenging Israel’s security doctrine.
The early 1970s was a time when young Jews in the Americas, Western Europe and elsewhere, friends of mine and me among them, would stop at nearly nothing for the sake of Soviet Jewry. It's hard to conceive of it now. Any of it.
The word 'stay' in Maccabi captain Tal Brody's 'stay on the map' masked the eternal Jewish fear (and therefore the Israeli fear) of disappearance, of extinction, of another Holocaust. Shouted in American-accented Hebrew, it gave a Jewish foundation to the Israeli ethos then under construction.
Golda understood, deeply, the difference between her prewar diplomatic posturing and her fateful, historic duty to lead the stricken nation in the war itself. In a very real way, she was the victor of the Yom Kippur War.
The biting satire in young Hanoch Levin's play was too much Israelis, still reeling with euphoria three years after the overwhelming victory of the Six-Day War, could tolerate. The audience went to the theater not to see the show, but to protest against it.
The Beatles were banned from performing in Israel, but they did arrive, in spirit if not in person.