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    • Alex
    • 27.04.10 | 10:59 (IDT)

    We cannot know what Theodor Herzl would say if he were alive today, but we can make educated guesses?the best we can do, based on the tenor of his writings and contemporary accounts. I like to look at his vision through his classic, Altneuland, from which the Hebrew words Tel Aviv are derived (tel representing the old, aviv the new). It is clear that he wanted to see an egalitarian, liberal state. (He even assumed the national language would be German, naively.) In Altneuland the pivotal scene involves an election in which a rightist who wants to suppress the Arabs is decisively defeated. We have come a long way, for better and for worse. The humanitarian values Herzl wanted for the State of the Jews (Judenstaat) are being eroded by the very rightists he deplored.

    from the article: Israel's leaders have forgotten Herzl's dream
    First published 13:52 25.04.10 | Last updated 13:52 25.04.10
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