Land of the Hart: Israelis, Arabs, the Territories: And a Vision of the Future

Land of the Hart: Israelis, Arabs, the Territories: And a Vision of the Future

Land of the Hart: Israelis, Arabs, the Territories: And a Vision of the Future

Land of the Hart: Israelis, Arabs, the Territories: And a Vision of the Future

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As sons of the Jewish people and of our homeland -- the State of Israel -- we often ask ourselves: What is the meaning of our existence, from where have we come, where do we find ourselves today, and where are we going? Our reply must be first of all to ourselves, and then to the world around us.

We have always been a peculiar people. The seal of the "people that dwelleth alone" is one we bear by the nature of our being. In fact, at the beginning of our journey, from the times of the forefathers until we became a people, we were to outward appearances not essentially different from the many tribes that, from the dawn of history, wandered in search of a land and a home. It was only when we settled the Land of Israel and established our kingdom that the difference, the distinctiveness, became conspicuous.

It was not our form of government that set us apart -- many greater peoples than we had judges and kings. Nor was it any special style of architecture or art; on the contrary, we by no means distinguished ourselves in those fields, and there arose in the ancient world great cities that far surpassed the towns of Israel. And in size of population and territory Israel could cer-

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