"Our grandparents, parents and siblings have performed miracles in this land. It’s our responsibility not to let these miracles slip into the depths."
Beautiful essay from Ari Shavit in Haaretz
I actually love you, my homeland; it’s a painful, complex, but stubborn and deeply rooted love. I love Israel because it’s my home. I was born here, became who I am here and it’s here that I will die.
I love Israel because it is the third and last home of the Jewish people, which has contributed so much to humanity, has suffered so much at its hand and has a right to a place of its own. I love Israel because despite everything it is still a democracy that grants its Arab citizens rights and freedoms that no Arab nation grants any man, woman or minority. I love it because it is a unique enterprise that rescues the persecuted, rehabilitates refugees and shelters the displaced like few others.
I love Israel because it is warm, smart, lively, passionate, creative, dynamic, full of infinite talents and afflicted with a constant restlessness that makes it one of the most fascinating nations on earth. I love it because it’s the land of those who rose from the dead and were threatened with death and chose life. For me it is a remarkable phenomenon of life.
Read it all here