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Once I Was But Now I Am

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Putting it straight on the line. I was a Zionist since my early childhood. I was raised by parents who yearned and dreamed of the fulfillment of Theodor Herzl’s dream of the return of the Jewish people to the land of Zion. The original birthplace of the Jewish nation.

After my Bar Mitzvah at age 13, I wanted to join a popular Zionist youth group, the Shomer HaTzair which belonged to the Mapam political party. My teacher, Aharon Rashish, brother of Pinchas Rashish, then mayor of Petach Tikvah, tried to discourage me. He met with my parents and informed them that the youth group of the party was not for me. It was the Marxist socialist Zionist party very close to the communist movement. I don’t remember what my parents told me but I was forbidden to join that group. Instead I became a member of Tziyonim Klalim, the General Zionist movement, and remained a member until I was eligible to vote as a member of Likud when it was led by the late beloved Menachem Begin.

In 1947 when I........

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