Eretz Israel is our unforgettable historic homeland...The Jews who will it shall achieve their State...And whatever we attempt there for our own benefit will redound mightily and beneficially to the good of all mankind. (Theodor Herzl, DerJudenstaat, 1896)

We offer peace and amity to all the neighbouring states and their peoples, and invite them to cooperate with the independent Jewish nation for the common good of all. The State of Israel is ready to contribute its full share to the peaceful progress and development of the Middle East.
(From Proclamation of the State of Israel, 5 Iyar 5708; 14 May 1948)

With a liberal democratic political system operating under the rule of law, a flourishing market economy producing technological innovation to the benefit of the wider world, and a population as educated and cultured as anywhere in Europe or North America, Israel is a normal Western country with a right to be treated as such in the community of nations.... For the global jihad, Israel may be the first objective. But it will not be the last. (Friends of Israel Initiative)

Monday, 2 January 2012

"In Israel, Even This Agnostic Can Glimpse The Eternal"

So declares the prominent Australian columnist Andrew Bolt, in a rather wonderful new piece. (Hat tip: reader Shirlee)

'What a country. How small the world seems from it, and how connected. How short history seems, but how long its spans.
In Sinai, an Egyptian called Moses once had a vision, and now two thirds of the world's peoples  share some part of it, too, from Reykjavik to Hobart.
Whole empires have come and gone in the time between, and the only thing that's lasted is an idea. In Israel, even this agnostic can glimpse the eternal.'
 Read the entire article here

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