Bernard-Henri Lévy wrote a “Love Letter to Israel in Seventy Lines,” published in The Tablet under 70 REASONS TO CELEBRATE ISRAEL. He is a philosopher who lives in Paris, France. Here are a few lines from his tribute…
The first multiethnic nation, in other words, that really works.
Democracy is hard? Slow? It takes time to build a democracy? In Israel, one night—14 May 1948—was all it took.
Terrorism has been in Israel not for 7 days (as it had in the United States when the Patriot Act was passed) and not for 7 years (as in the France when the liberticidal measures of 1961 were adopted), but for 70 years—and yet its institutions hold and liberty is not infringed.
Yes, 70 years during which Israel has lived, as the verse has it, beside its sword, and yet the spirit of liberty has never waned or wavered.
70 years without a single day of peace, and no Israeli, Jew or Arab, would leave the country for another.
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