Since the Jewish state began competing in the Olympics in 1952, it had won only seven medals, never more than two at one venue. Now that seven is 11!
Four medals, including 2 golds, outshine any disappointing results by blue-and-white athletes.
Israel’s participants reached a total of 18 finals that allowed them to vie for a podium finish. That was almost double what had been predicted before the Games.
Israel is the only country that defines itself as a democracy yet does not enable civil marriages but only religious marriages, and in the case of Jews only Orthodox marriages.
Readers of The Jerusalem Post have their say.
The same survey concluded 90% of secular couples and 79% of non-religious traditional couples also support civil marriage in Israel.
After 73 years of statehood, Israel still does not provide full rights to all of its citizens. Over 300,000 citizens live here but can't get married.
As MK Arye Deri (Shas) said: ”Winning a medal, doesn’t make him Jewish.”
When someone like Dolgopyat has grown up his entire life as a Jew and as an Israeli, the nuts and bolts of Judaism are part of his cultural upbringing.
OLYMPIC AFFAIRS: Most Olympians go out to the world stage and perform in their profession, representing Israel in the best way possible. But what do they get in return?