Back in August, we related how the ISA is in charge of the project to redesign and renew Independence Hall, the building on Rothschild Avenue in Tel Aviv where David Ben Gurion declared the creation of the State of Israel on May 14, 1948. We also told how the renewal would happen in two stages, a short and immediate one to make the building look respectable, and a longer and larger project to redesign it to be a significant historical monument.
Stage one, the short facelift, is now successfully completed, as demonstrated in this slideshow. The planning stage for the real overhaul is already trotting forward.
What does this have to do with the State Archives, or for that matter, with any archive? Not that much. The State Archivist is there mostly to ask pesky questions and sign some of the paperwork. The task itself is being done by lots of professionals, some of them based at the Eretz Yisrael Museum in Tel Aviv, and others in the Israel National Heritage Project of the Prime Minister's Office. A good thing, too, since the ISA doesn't have any of the neccessary expertise, nor is there any reason it should acquire it. The folks who do have the job, on the other hand, do have the expertise, which they've just demonstrated by doing something truly exceptional: they got the present stage of the project done on time and within budget.
If you're in Tel Aviv, it's worth a visit: for the first time in years it won't be a cringe-inducing affair.