20150209_122319[1]Outside the recent Jerusalem Book Fair – at which my novel was on display, although I doubt it drew much attention – was a tall construction containing many removable blocks of wood, courtesy of the Goethe Institute. I should have photographed it, but I didn’t. Each block had a quotation in the original German translated into Hebrew and Arabic. Each visitor was allowed to take one block and I chose this one from Konrad Adenauer:

Adenauer quote - German and Hebrew.

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Adenauer quote - German and Arabic.

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In English:

You are right to say that a politician cannot always say everything. But what he says must be true.

I think modern politicians either don’t believe in that statement or have a warped idea of what truth is. Neverthless, I, along with many Israelis, will shortly be voting for the party I think is the least bad of those available, and many in the UK will be doing the same shortly afterwards. At least we have the privilege of being able to vote.

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