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Thursday, December 10, 2009

When Israel had courageous leadership

Some 30,000 people gathered in Jerusalem's Paris Square last night to protest against the 'settlement freeze.' Among the speakers were two young (30'ish) Likud MK's: Danny Danon and Tzipi Hotovely. Hotovely told a great story about Israel's first Prime Minister, David Ben Gurion, that I had not heard before.
MK Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) warned that the freeze compromised the status of Jerusalem.

In the past Israel had the kind of leaders who could stand up to the international community, she said.

On this date 60 years ago, David Ben-Gurion declared that Jerusalem was Israel's capital. He did this against the will of the United Nations, which sent him a message that Israel was the sole vote in the international arena in favor of that measure.

Ben-Gurion responded that "our voice was the only determining voice," said Hotovely.
Chaval al d'avdin v'lo mishtakchin (it is a pity for those who are lost and are not found). There's a lesson there for our current leadership.


At 10:37 AM, Blogger sarah leah said...


Ben Gurion - also not so much of a metziah for Yidden and Yiddishkeit, if you look at the record in honesty.

But it has been a looong time since we had any leadership at all.

At 10:49 AM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...

Sarah Leah,

That's largely correct, although in The Jewish State Yoram Hazony, whom I understand to be frum, has a sympathetic portrayal of him as being traditional.

Still, he has to be credited for standing up for the State of Israel while everyone else has been afraid to do so.


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