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Thursday, June 07, 2007

'Vinegar the son of wine'

The Talmud refers to a wicked person who is the son of a righteous person as 'vinegar the son of wine.' There is no better appellation that comes to mind for Avram Burg, a former speaker of the Israeli Knesset, a former chairman of the Jewish Agency and the son of long-time Knesset member and cabinet minister Dr. Yosef Burg.

Avram Burg is now a "businessman" in France. While I agree with him that 'Israeliness' has only a body and no soul, the rest of this interview, which will appear in full tomorrow in Haaretz, is simply appalling.
Avraham Burg, former Knesset speaker and former head of the Jewish Agency says "to define the State of Israel as a Jewish state is the key to its end. A Jewish state is explosive. It's dynamite." In an interview in Haaretz Weekend Magazine, he said that he is in favor of abrogating the Law of Return and calls on everyone who can to obtain a foreign passport.

Burg, who was interviewed on the occasion of the publication of his book "Defeating Hitler" said "the strategic mistake of Zionism was to annul the alternatives. Israeliness has only body; it doesn't have soul."

"Judaism always prepared alternatives," says Burg, who three years after leaving Israeli politics is now a citizen of France and a successful businessman.

Just as there was something astonishing about German Jewry, in America, too, they created the potential for something astonishing. They created a situation in which the goy can be my father and my mother and my son and my partner," Burg says.

His book ruminates about Israel and Zionism, compares Israel and Germany, harshly criticizes Eichmann's hanging, reflects on Judaism in the age of globalization and remembers his father's house.

Burg said he started his book in mourning for the loss of Israel. "During most of the writing the book's title was 'Hitler Won.' But slowly I discovered the layer of not everything being lost. And I discovered my father as a representative of German Jewry that was ahead of its time. These two themes nourished the book from beginning to end."
His father must be turning over in his grave.


At 1:57 PM, Blogger Epaminondas said...

Burg is not vinegar, he is the slow son of the hagaddah.
If THIS is not reason enough for us to think of AN Israel as compulsory in this imperfect world, I can't imagine what it would take.

It would be nice if there were 1.3 billion jews (maybe) and it was not NEEDED to state that an Israel should be a jewish state..but that also is not this world. There is nowhere but ONE place that jews are not a MINISCULE minority. That this MUST be so has been dictated by the behavior of humanity, which as we all see has not and will never change.

Thus the jewish state can never be what america is, or Britain until that behavior is different.

Let's start that process by having the behavior of a very few palestinians change to accept what has been rejected since 1919.

When all that happens, Mr. Burg might have a point. Until then, he is arguing about the perfect being the enemy of the good, and calling it's lack, Himmler.

He is a dangerous moron. But a moron none the less, and one no doubt, still in Mitzrayim.


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