Menachem Begin Defends Youth of Israel
subjects:Individuals - David Ben-Gurion, Moshe Sharett, Shimon Peres. Education - Educational values, Youth. Political Parties - Mapai
An op-ed Begin wrote in response to criticism of Israeli youth by the political establishment. Israel's youth are being accused of being too career-focused and not self-sacrificing like the youth that first built the state. Begin says that no generation can be generalized, even for good, and that all generations have their selfish and sloth-like elements. There does not have to be a contradiction between getting an education and pursuing a career on the one hand, and service to the state on the other hand. In fact the state needs people who pursue careers and provide for themselves and their families.