Former Jewish Agency Chief Avraham Burg Rejects Idea of a ‘Jewish State’

Avraham Burg

Former Knesset speaker and ex-head of the Jewish Agency Avraham Burg has sparked quite a brouhaha with a recent interview in the Israeli daily Ha’aretz. Among other things, he said that “to define the State of Israel as a Jewish state is the key to its end. A Jewish state is explosive. It’s dynamite.”

Ha’aretz’s Ari Shavit writes:

Burg also said that his book’s original planned title was “Hitler Won.”

Needless to say, as Ha’artez reports, Burg’s remarks have not sat well with many Israelis. Kadima Knesset member Otniel Schneller called for Burg to be denied the privilege of burial in Israel’s cemetery on Mount Herzl, resting place for senior state officials. And from the left, the article notes:

UPDATE: The full text of Ha’aretz’s interview with Avraham Burg is now online.

UPDATE #2: Forward editor J.J. Goldberg speaks with Burg about his controversial interview here.

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