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Israel has come far, but still has work to do

Aaron Levin | Posted: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 8:05 am

The 70th anniversary of Israel’s independence is cause for celebration as well as for reflection. Celebration because we can commemorate the creation and preservation of a democratic, Jewish nation-state. Reflection because we must both acknowledge Israel’s many successes and address its ongoing challenges.

My own reflections begin with my first visit to Israel more than 40 years ago, a year after I finished college. I studied Hebrew at an ulpan at Kibbutz Ein Gev while working half days hauling bunches of bananas out of dense groves beside the Kinneret. Next, I headed off to the Upper Galilee to work on an archaeological excavation in what would turn out to be the first of 10 summers digging in Israel scattered over the next 30 years.

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