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In Search of Israel: The History of an Idea

by Michael Brenner,
The Jerusalem Post, May 11, 2018

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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