Israel is the outcome of deliberate Jewish action — not of foreign hand-outs.
Born in Israel, I was raised to believe in the absolute primacy of Jewish life in Israel and in aliyah as the only legitimate choice for Jews living a life of exile outside it. It is only as a teenager that I encountered a somewhat different view of aliyah.
In the Jewish world, as elsewhere, old structures are cracking in the face of new challenges. Most of these structures, unable to adapt to a new age, will break and be overtaken by new ones now being devised in the minds of young activists sitting in cafés in the world’s major cities. A select few will succeed in adapting and transforming themselves, privileged to continue writing an illustrious history in a new century.