Seventy years of thought

Michael Brenner documents the creation of the Jewish state and the transformation of its values.

By GLENN C. ALTSCHULER
May 9, 2018 17:10
4 minute read.
HUNDREDS OF Israeli peace activists demonstrate in 1997 against the decision by the government to bu

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)

 
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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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