It is the culture, stupid! - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • AA
    • 14.07.06 | 16:53 (IDT)

    50 years ago the difference between the Israeli and Arab soldier was in their personal sophistication. A cursory look at the Israeli society today will show that this advantage is long gone. The average Israeli man is arrogant, spoiled, and frankly, quite silly. Trips to the East and other self-serving goals have taken the place of the Youth-movement and the ideals of a just and unified society. The book and the spade were replaced by the cellular phone and the computer, with the result that the overall efficiency level, in stores, government offices and many schools and businesses is akin to that of a third-world country. Israelis like to argue forever but will decline to take any criticism. Call it the 'don't worry' attitude. When this affects the high echelons of the Army, like it does the government and parliament, the kind of mess we are now in is imminent. To regain our advantage, we need to change our culture, and now. It is time to worry!

    from the article: Caught with its pants down
    First published 00:00 14.07.06 | Last updated 00:00 14.07.06
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