"Long before etc ... Israel was already in existence." (Brod) The only Israel I know, which was then in existence, "long before" etc ... was the Kingdom whose last king was called Hoshea. Is that the Israel which, in May 1949, was admitted to full membership in the United Nations Organization, with all the Rights, but also the Obligations that go with it? I don't think so. We are surely not speaking about the same one.
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from the article: The voice of the old Bush