The end of 2011 is a good moment to reflect on Israel’s condition, which, if you believe much of the media, is catastrophic. Growing numbers of folks dislike us, we’re told, our isolation is growing ever more dire, our democracy is crumbling, we’re forcing women into second-class status, America’s Jews are turning away in growing disgust, and so on and on and on…
[…] How does [Israel’s] cultural creativity fit into disappearing freedom of thought, you ask? It doesn’t. The disappearing freedom and democracy exist only in the minds of a certain section of Israeli society and the multitudes of ignorant foreign reporters and politicians who avidly agree with them whenever they criticise Israel. Apart from them, it’s not happening. There’s a racuous debate about all sorts of things, of course, but in other countries that would be called democracy, not facism.
[…] Yes, there are lots of folks out there who dislike us, but that’s always been so. These days we don’t have to give them too much attention. Seen historically, 2011 was probably one of the best years in millennia of Jewish history.
Yaacov Lozowick in one of his by now all too rare blog posts – because it has to be said that 2011 was a very bad year for the many devoted/addicted fans of his blog Ruminations: Yaacov abandoned us (I was in the addicted category) when he was appointed Israel’s State Archivist.