'What a country. How small the world seems from it, and how connected. How short history seems, but how long its spans.
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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.'