These days Israel celebrates the return to normalcy with concerts by artists including Greeks such as the singers Paola and Nikos Vertis. We are very happy that our Israeli friends have become the champions in vaccinations and managed to defeat the deadly enemy of humanity – Covid-19.
The great former President of Israel Simon Peres, who is no longer with us, had advised us Greeks not only to deal with the high mountains but also to make sure we develop high technology.
Great words by a great leader who left his mark on world history.
But what happened to Simon Peres’ advice to both his Greek and his Israeli compatriots?
As a Greek I would be proud if a Greek scientist had discovered the vaccine against Covid-19 or some medicine to treat it. I would also be happy if an Israeli scientist had discovered it as I would expect from a nation aptly called a Start-up Nation.
Unfortunately, this did not happen. On the contrary, the scientist who discovered the vaccine is the Turkish founder of BioNTech Ugur Sahin.
This could be a coincidence and not mean anything more. But even as a coincidence we are obliged record it. After all, the people of Israel have taught the world community the notion of remaining unsatisfied.
The constant effort to improve, the existence of a vision, the human characteristics of God, the emergence of the importance and the leading role of Moses are lessons and virtues that prevail in the Torah and we believe that they should govern the daily life of Israelis not in terms of religious fanaticism.
The black hats, kipa and ponytail of fanatical Orthodox Jews are not enough to show respect for the Torah teachings. Its teachings should be the driving force of the unsatisfied, of constant evolution both individually and as a society.
The same goes for us Greeks. It is not possible to invoke the Ancient Greeks every now and then and the only thing we can produce is opa-opa-syrtaki-mpouzouki and broken dishes on stages where Vertis and Paola sing. If we want to be the chosen people, we have to prove it every day. For the time being, however, we are all being vaccinated with the vaccine of the Turkish scientist Dr. Ugur Sahin and his wife Dr. Tzlem Türeci.