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To the Editor:

I was quite astonished to read Yoram Hazony’s article, “The Zionist Idea and Its Enemies” [May]. This piece, in a scandalous fashion, completely misrepresents the facts behind the proposed amendment to Israel’s State Education Law. The amendment was approved unanimously by the previous government and won a decisive majority in the Knesset on the way to its first reading.

Mr. Hazony claims that in my capacity as Minister of Education I decided to remove the “archaic interest in Jewish values and culture,” along with “love of homeland” and “loyalty to the Jewish people.” While I was a strong supporter of this amendment, absolutely nothing that was initiated by me or anyone else connected with it would support any of Mr. Hazony’s fictitious charges.

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