Standing our guard

By TAMAR HERMANN
February 7, 2017 12:43

Like other countries, Israel is seeing a decline in the appeal of liberalism. Can it remain Jewish and democratic?




Protest in Israel

Right-wing protest in Israel. (photo credit: REUTERS)

IS IT possible to determine correctly and in real time a point of historical change of course? Did those who lived in Britain between the mid-18th and mid-19th century feel they were part of the Industrial Revolution? Did the Jews of Eastern Europe at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century understand that they were in the midst of the Zionist revolution?

The answer to such questions is not simple. On the one hand, dramatic events sometimes give the appearance that a change of course is taking place. But then, in retrospect, it becomes clear that all the uproar was for naught. On the other hand, sometimes there are historical events that have deep ramifications, which come devoid of bells and whistles, and are therefore hidden for some time.

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