An appeal was made by a group of Israeli citizens (including me) to the Supreme Court against this decision, but it was rejected.
Once I had an argument about this with Ariel Sharon. I asked him: "What are you first, an Israeli or a Jew?" He answered without hesitation: "First of all I am a Jew, only then an Israeli." My answer was the opposite: "I am first an Israeli, only then a Jew."
Sharon was born in a communal village and knew next to nothing about Judaism. But he was educated in the Zionist education system, which is totally committed to producing Jews.
If he were alive today, Sharon would certainly have congratulated the Israeli judokas. It would not have crossed his mind to ask about Jewish Olympic stars.
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