HUNDREDS OF Israeli peace activists demonstrate in 1997 against the decision by the government to build a Jewish neighborhood in east Jerusalem. .
(photo credit: RULA HALAWANI/REUTERS)
David Ben-Gurion, the first prime minister of the State of Israel, often pointed to two apparently contradictory, but in his view complementary and interdependent aspirations for the Jewish people.“We want to be a free people, independent and equal in rights in the family of nations,” Ben-Gurion declared, but also “different from all other nations in our spiritual elevation and in the character of our model society.”
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