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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Two Rooms

On our last trip to Israel, the MoC family visited, among other places, Ben Gurion's home in Sde Boker and the Begin Museum in Jerusalem. What made a huge impression on us was the simple way in which the two leaders lived. Although they were bitter enemies, they were both men of passion and ideology who devoted their lives to a cause with apparently no thoughts of personal gain or enrichment.

This comes to mind in these days of such overwhelming incompetence, scandal and cynicism among the Israeli elite. As opposed to Ben Gurion's tiny house in the Negev, or Begin's tiny apartment, Sharon owns a large farm with lots of stolen antiquities, Olmert, a life-long politician as far as I know, somehow has the money to purchase an apartment (worth $1.6MM) for $1.2MM. The chief of staff sells off his stock portfolio before commencing a war. And so on. It's enough to make you sick.



  • At 3:49 PM, Blogger Safranit said…

    Although the chief of staff's portfolio was worth about $30, couldn't even buy a bathroom in Jerusalem for that amount

  • At 8:54 PM, Blogger MoChassid said…

    With respect to the Chief of Staff, the issue is not the amount of money but that that was what he was thinking about as the war was about to start. (And, he was basically betting against himself).

  • At 11:48 PM, Blogger kishke said…

    Not to defend his actions, but he wasn't really betting against himself. It's normal for stocks to fall when a war begins, no matter who is likely to win.


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