Friday, September 12, 2008

Israel's Top 100

Haaretz published a list of the 100 most influential people in Israel.

Am I naive, or is it amazing ( dismaying and pathetic ) that in the Jewish state not one person whose power lies in the realm of ideas and the spirit is on the list?


Anonymous said...

1. this is only haaretz' opinion, so does it really matter?
2. which academic-type would you put on the list? which academic is well-known, or influential, on the israeli scene? [even yeshayahu leibowitz is no longer with us...]. [and the various rashei yeshiva are of little import outside their little world...]

Anonymous said...

The list includes about 90 businesspeople/bureaucrats, 5 politicians, and 1 rabbi (who is named neither Eliyashiv nor Yosef).
Olmert is ranked #100 (although I think that's supposed to be a joke). That should tell you the list is representative of little more than the social circle the author travels in.

moshe said...

You mean you don't consider Yaakov Yisrael Ifergan (Rabbi "X-ray") a man of ideas or spirit? ;-)