Twersky - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Alex Spinrad
    • 19.07.10 | 22:24 (IDT)

    When I made Aliyah in 1981, Twersky was already a figure, a representative of Labor Zionism and the Kibbutz movement. I personally resent - and I suspect that he would have resented - using both his death and the saddest, most tragic date on our People's calender - to once more publish an article full of self-righteous hand-ringing. I believe in Socialist Zionism, and I oppose the Israeli right -politically and socially. But to depict the Israel the right and left together have created as a disappointment, as a separation from American Jews, as a symbol of betrayal - is both shallow and wrong. The truth is that Israel - for all its flaws - is the most amazing achievement of the 20th Century. And its continued evolution into a vibrant multi-culture hi-tech society is the ultimate promise of the Jewish People for the thriving survival of the Jewish Civilization, Jewish Music, culture, and thought. I am sad for my American brothers and sisters who have not yet made the step of joining this adventure. And still, actually - thanks also to people like David Twersky - I can categorically state the the two communities are much closer, much more entwined, than they were 20 or 40 years ago - certainly much more than 60 or 70 years ago. The real tribute to his memory would be that thousands - at least hundreds - consecrate their live, like he did, to the idea of Jewish self-determination and social justice. Y'he sichro baruch.

    from the article: American Jews without Israel, Israel without U.S. Jews
    First published 16:03 19.07.10 | Last updated 16:03 19.07.10
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