I agree entirely that the state was not founded exclusively due to the Holocaust, however the state does nothing to prevent this myth from remaining a common perception. For instance, official visits by important foreign dignitaries are marked by ceremonies at Yad Vashem, with the overtones often reserved elsewhere for marking the rememberence of the sacrifices made for independence. Without wishing to diminish the importance of the place, would it not be far more beneficial to show these dignitaries and the eyes of the world - for instance - the memorial to Druze soldiers in Daliyat-al-Karmel? This embodies the sacrifices made since the state's creation, and represents the inclusive, egalitarian society Israel *should* be striving to achieve.
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from the article: Reuven Rivlin / Israel's declaration of a dream