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    • Yishai
    • 23.01.11 | 12:45 (IST)

    Just a comment on the end of your post (about earlier generations of olim): most of the first aliyah came from the authoritarian Russian Empire, ditto the second. The Third and fourth aliyah split between the Russian empire, the new Soviet Union, the German Empire, and the Weimar Republic. Of those, only one was a democratic body, and one so weak that it was basically strangled in the cradle and, in the end, after less than a decade and a half, descended into National Socialism. Yet they all created a vibrant democracy in Israel. It is more than unfair to claim that later olim from undemocratic regimes are de-facto anti-democratic and undermining Israeli democracy. Things are not that simple.

    from the article: The road to fascist hell
    First published 01:20 23.01.11 | Last updated 01:20 23.01.11
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