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Comment and Opinion

Dan Margalit – 10/10/2011

“In presenting the report of the committee for socio-economic change, Professor Manuel Trajtenberg described the events of the summer on the boulevards and town squares as a deluxe protest: quiet, restrained and nonviolent, exemplary and praiseworthy. To paraphrase Israeli poet Alexander Penn, if it happens again, it will be different — very different.

Fear of future protests is not a sufficient reason to approve or reject the Trajtenberg report when it returns to the cabinet’s agenda on Sunday. But it is certainly something to consider seriously, one of many considerations, as the government’s ministers, and later the Knesset and perhaps even the courts, take a lasting stance on the issues. Nobody wants to see Israeli police on the bridge over the Yarkon river, as their colleagues in New York were photographed this week in Brooklyn.”

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