“Those who stayed for the blitz saw the war as the great test—of Israel and Israelis in general, and also of every single specific person. What did you do in the war? would be the dividing question for fifty years. In fact, it was already. The question was a multipart one, an exercise in gradations. Who left the country completely? Who stayed in the country but left Tel Aviv for Jerusalem or some other safer place? Who stayed in Tel Aviv during the day but fled for Jerusalem at nightfall? Who stayed in Tel Aviv all the time but stayed in a sealed room at night?”

Posted February 26, 2003

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