By Nissim Rejwan

At the eve of the Six-Day conflict in 1967, Israel used to be nineteen years previous and as a lot a young person because the standard nineteen-year-old individual. problems with id and transition have been the debate between Israeli intellectuals, together with the author Nissim Rejwan. used to be Israel a Jewish kingdom or a democratic kingdom? And, so much frustratingly, who used to be a Jew? As Nancy Berg's foreword makes transparent, those concerns turned extra severe and intricate within the twenty years after the warfare as Israel matured right into a neighborhood strength. Rejwan, an Iraqi-born Jew whose personal destiny was once tied to the solutions, addresses the questions of these days in his letters, essays, and remembrances accrued in ''Israel's Years of Bogus Grandeur''. Israel's overwhelming victory in 1967 introduced regulate of the previous Palestinian territories; even as, Oriental Jews (i.e., these no longer from Europe) grew to become a majority within the Israeli inhabitants. The state, already surrounded by way of antagonistic, lately humiliated Arab buddies, now had an Arab majority (Jewish, Muslim, Druze, and Christian) inside its borders - but ecu Jews persevered to run the rustic as their very own. Rejwan wrote tirelessly concerning the second-class prestige of Arab Israelis (and in particular of Arab Jews), encouraging a extra inclusive angle that will ultimately aid heal the injuries left by means of the Six-Day struggle. His reports in sociology at Tel Aviv college expert his paintings. For his reason, Rejwan misplaced his task and lots of of his neighbors yet by no means his pen. via Munich, Entebbe, political scandals, financial crises, and the start of the Intifada, Rejwan narrates Israel's becoming pains with feisty wit and unwavering honesty

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When Selzer phoned to invite me to chair the symposium at which you were supposed to speak (I declined, of course), I told him that judging by what I have read by you and heard of you, I could not believe that you would participate in this symposium. [Note: Stephen S. ] November 19, 1967 Dear Mrs. Weiss-Rosmarin, . . Far indeed be it from me to think that we should see eye to eye on every subject. I thought, however, that the point at issue between you and Rabbi Petuchowski had a bearing on ‘‘our’’ subject, namely the problematics of Israeli-Arab relations—and it was perhaps this that made me believe that I had a sort of right to make the comment I made.

Accordingly, I wrote Katz and withdrew my candidacy for the post. in the wilderness 25 October 12, 1968 Dear Rony, . . Flung into a situation not of our making, some of us are sane and normal people who know their duty to their families and their kids and themselves, others are inclined to meddle in public affairs and have more or less made a life-work out of it, still others combine the two. Now I suggest that the first and third types can easily just opt out of it all—the first certainly and naturally, the third as a result of some hard thinking and soul-searching.

Sure, the ‘‘establishment’’ here is an establishment. As you know, I am not part of this establishment. United Jewish Appeal, the Jewish Agency, etc. have been trying hard to keep me from lecturing—but the rabbis, etc. don’t give a hang for that bunch (except a few conglomerating rabbis about whom I am writing in the June issue of this magazine). But the Council, as Selzer, etc. have revealed now, really collaborates with the enemies of Israel. Now this was known all along. Neusner contributed to that symposium BUT in a critical stance with respect to the Council.

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