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Israel's Success at the Olympics Reflects a Battle for the Country's Identity

Anshel Pfeffer
Anshel Pfeffer
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Anshel Pfeffer
Anshel Pfeffer

Gymnast Artem Dolgopyat had never heard of Israel before he was told, at age 12, that his family was about to emigrate there. He was barely aware that his family was Jewish. As of Sunday morning, he’s an Israeli hero: Only the second Olympic gold medal winner in the country’s history, and its first-ever medal in a major sport such as gymnastics. 

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