The state they received as an inheritance, and it appeared they would continue the path of their fathers, with minor adjustments to the spirit of the times. It is possible to compile a long list of princes: in addition to Avrum Burg, we will mention Dan Meridor, Ehud Olmert, Uzi Landau and Benjamin Begin. These princes, however, are part of a disappointing generation, and most of them chose to make money, to enter business and occasionally even end up in prison (Olmert), or to become advisors and commentators.
Avrum is the son of Dr. Yossef Burg, one of the most intelligent leaders the state of Israel has known, amongst the leaders of the national religious sector, a government minister for four decades. Avrum, in contrast to his father, believed that political action required leaving the religious sector's framework and he joined the labour party, immediately taking a prominent place. Amongst his different positions he was chairperson of the Knesset and chairperson of the World Zionist Organisation - in the very heart of the Israeli-Zionist establishment.
Despite the massive gap between Avrum, amongst the most senior Zionist princes, and I, an anti-Zionist activist located on the margins of the margins of Israeli politics, true friendship grew between us years ago and, I believe, mutual appreciation.
In contrast to a majority of his friends in the princes' gang, Avrum didn't give up on political action, even if for a moment he was tempted to make money, as he wrote in the article “The Zionist Revolution Died”. No less important, Avrum was not stuck in his political beliefs and thanks to his ongoing critical thinking, he knew to change his positions: from “Bnei Akiva” to the labour movement, and from Zionism to Hadash - two months ago, we learned that he joined the Hadash movement led by communists, and which relies on voters with Palestinian nationalist perspectives.
As is known, in the coming elections, Hadash banded together with the other Arab parties to form one list, such that an old joke of mine has come true; years ago I told Avrum: be careful, the day will come when you vote for me for Knesset. And indeed, as a supporter of the National Democratic Assembly, I am a candidate in the united list, a list for which the new Hadash member Avrum Burg will vote.
Michel Warschawski (Mikado) is an Israeli anti-Zionist activist. He led the Marxist Revolutionary Communist League until its demise in the 1990s, and co-founded the Alternative Information Center.