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Heroes and Hustlers, Hard Hats and Holy Men: Inside the New Israel
Heroes and Hustlers, Hard Hats and Holy Men: Inside the New Israel
By Ze'ev Chafets
Morrow, 1986, 249 pp
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An informal, breezy assessment of contemporary Israel by an American Jew who migrated there in the late 1960s, got into politics, served the Begin government as press officer, and has never ceased observing the leaders and people of his adopted country with a keen eye and an independent mind. "A nation that doesn't know what it wants to be when it grows up" is his description, but he finds much that is positive even if the unresolved problems remain and the early Zionist ideal is a shattered dream.