#36--missing the point - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Paul Freedman
    • 23.01.07 | 20:32 (IST)

    LA--you are, perhaps deliberately, missing the point. Ben Gurion was NOT a Polish Jew--he had transformed himself, self-consciously and successfully into a sabra, an Israeli Jew. He did not go around speaking Yiddish, "when he spoke English" indeed--in Israel he did not go around speaking English--he spoke, with its Ashkenaz accent or no, Hebrew and there was a reason for that and an accomplishment in that. He consolidated the Israeli state around statehood--this was a mighty and epic achievement, "mamlachtot", far and away more imporant than the Zionist notion of "normality"--which is why Israeliis don't go around in militias making their political arguments with rifles. Israel will survive the current tomfoolery.

    from the article: President, lawyers: 'Slim chance' Mazuz will waver
    First published 00:00 23.01.07 | Last updated 00:00 23.01.07
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