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Haaretz Editorial

When Artem Dolgopyat stepped up to the podium Sunday in Tokyo and received his gold medal, the Israeli anthem was played and the Israeli flag was raised. The country’s leaders hastened to appropriate the Israeli gymnast’s achievement. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett interrupted the cabinet meeting to congratulate him. “You’ve made history and brought us great pride,” Bennett told him on the phone. President Isaac Herzog also congratulated him, saying, “You made history today. The State of Israel is proud of you.” But neither pride nor the history he made is of any interest to the state when he

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