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Monday, November 13, 2006
Sever Plocker, Yediot Aharanot, October 28, 2006
(translation from Hebrew)

Special: The Two Israeli Nobel Prize Laureates Foresee a Gloomy Future for the State
      From a political point of view, they are poles apart, but on one topic Prof. Yisrael Aumann and Prof. Aharon Ciechanover are of the same opinion: Pitiful and failed leadership is leading Israel to destruction. What worries them most is the deterioration in academics and education. "There is a close connection between the sinking of the Israeli spirit and the downfall of the State," they warn. Everything here seems lacking in values, temporary, one patch on top of another, a thin bandage that can be torn off with any breeze."
      Two men, neither young, looked into each other's teary eyes. Behind them, on a green chalkboard, were written complex formulae. They shared stories of their experiences, but not in chemistry or in mathematics. They spoke with enthusiasm and uplifted spirits about Hassidic niggunim [melodies] and Jewish prayers. Their voices cracked, their chins trembled. In a minute, I thought, they will break down crying. It was close.

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