Israel is beginning to celebrate a new independence

07.08.2011                      07.Aw-Elul, 5771

Protester:

Israel is beginning to celebrate a new independence

The mass protest rally in Tel Aviv on Saturday was a huge success, but the great test is still ahead of the protesters and of Israel.

Tel Aviv was bursting at the seams on Saturday night. It was not the mother of all protests – it was the grandmother of all protests. The city looked like one of the stormiest cities on earth. Streams of people were flowing in every direction, some on foot, some in cars. Buses and trains spewed out the crowds, and not everyone even managed to get to the area of the protest. An amazingly large sign, in Hebrew and Arabic – the latter is about to cease being an official language in this country – read "Egypt is here."
Indeed, the pictures last night looked like the nights of Tahrir Square. Now the comparison to the Cairo revolution is not exaggerated or wishful thinking. Now it really does resemble it, not including the violence, of course….