Impervious horrors of a leeward shore (arpad) wrote,
Impervious horrors of a leeward shore

Interesting article written by an israeli diplomat.

Reaching the elevator, the prime minister caught sight of a familiar face in the throng and, unthinkingly, slipped the page into his pocket, stretched out a convivial hand, and with a warm smile called, "Sir Isaiah, how good to see you. Welcome to Jerusalem."

SIR ISAIAH Berlin, the celebrated British intellectual, Oxford professor and revered historian of ideas, flushed darkly as if he had just endured an insufferable intrusion. He threw Begin a crabby look, turned his back on him and walked away. The prime minister stiffened, frowned, seemed about to speak but didn't and assumed all the dignity he could muster as he stepped into the elevator. The door glided shut in my face and I decided I needed a drink.


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