No, Arik Einstein Wasn’t Israel’s 'National Singer’

Contemporary Israel has no national singer and the facility by which Einstein was unthinkingly crowned is pathetic.

Arik Einstein’s death is a political event. He wasn’t the singer of Jews with roots in the Middle East, ultra-Orthodox Jews, Arabs or immigrants from Russia or Ethiopia. This “quintessential” Israeli singer didn’t represent their Israeli experience. They didn’t see Einstein’s good old Israel as particularly good. They don’t view him as more Israeli than themselves, or as...