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By Nissim Rejwan

On the eve of the Six-Day warfare in 1967, Israel used to be nineteen years previous and as a lot a teenager because the normal nineteen-year-old individual. problems with identification and transition have been the controversy between Israeli intellectuals, together with the author Nissim Rejwan. used to be Israel a Jewish kingdom or a democratic country? And, such a lot frustratingly, who used to be a Jew? As Nancy Berg's foreword makes transparent, those concerns grew to become extra severe and complicated within the twenty years after the warfare as Israel matured right into a local energy. 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 accumulated in Israel's Years of Bogus Grandeur.

Israel's overwhelming victory in 1967 introduced keep watch over of the previous Palestinian territories; whilst, Oriental Jews (i.e., these no longer from Europe) grew to become a majority within the Israeli inhabitants. The kingdom, already surrounded via adverse, lately humiliated Arab associates, now had an Arab majority (Jewish, Muslim, Druze, and Christian) inside its borders—yet eu Jews persisted 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 may finally support heal the injuries left through the Six-Day battle. His reports in sociology at Tel Aviv collage knowledgeable his paintings. For his reason, Rejwan misplaced his activity and plenty of of his associates yet by no means his pen. via Munich, Entebbe, political scandals, fiscal crises, and the start of the Intifada, Rejwan narrates Israel's turning out to be pains with feisty wit and unwavering honesty.

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