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The Visions Of Israel's Founders Compared To Reality

2374 words - 10 pages

Israel is a place of much culture and history. It was called the “Promised Land.” It was promised to the descendent of Abraham, Jacob. Israel was the name that was given to Jacob after his fight with the Angel of God (Genesis 32:28). It became an independent state in 1948, when it was recognized by the United Nations as a country in its own right within the Middle East. It is a fairly new and young state; it has been independent for only sixty-six years. The people of Israel have fought long and hard to come to this place, and they would not have been here had it not been for the visions of the Jewish people who wanted a place that they could call home. The Land of Israel is the birthplace of the Jewish people and these people were the ones who gave the Jews their identity. Their spiritual, religious and national identity was formed here, they created a culture of national and universal significance, and this is where they wrote and gave the bible to the world. Although they were exiled, the Jewish people were quite determined to reach their goal. They never gave up, and they remained faithful for their dreams to come to reality. They were able to reestablish themselves and were successful. This is clearly shown because they were able to revive the Hebrew language, build villages and towns, and create a thriving community that controlled its own economy and culture.
In the Declaration of Independence, so much is brought up right in front of our eyes, and it talks about the many visions and values that Israel’s founders had in mind in order to one day bring up a great nation. They wanted immigration of the Jews and the gathering of the exiles as well as development of the country especially for the benefit of all Israel’s inhabitants. They struggled for unity, liberty, justice, and peace on the basis of full and equal citizenship in addition to find due representation in all its bodies and institutions. Social and political equality of all citizens without distinction of race, creed, of sex was important to them as well as full freedom of conscience, worship, education, and culture. Finally, they envisioned the redemption of Israel – an age old dream that was yet to be fulfilled. Through the distinct aspects and nuances of life experiences, as well as the thoughts and feelings of the characters in the stories, however, one can tell that the visions of the Jewish people do not match up to the realities that are often portrayed, rather there are many discrepancies that people are forced to endure.
“The Wellspring of Memory,” showed how reality changed overtime. Haim Gouri was attached to the memories that he had from his childhood of the Central Bus Station. The Central Bus Station was a symbol of progress. It showed changes that have happened over the course of the time in the three parts of the story. The author remembers many moments of his childhood in the first part of the memoir. The moods attached to those memories were of delight and...

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