Sunday, April 14, 2013

Albert Einstein to Bar Refaeli: Independence Day, 1955

Incidents on the Gaza border, the Israeli Foreign Ministry mobilizes celebrities to improve Israel's image … 2013? No, it's 1955, and instead of super-model Bar Refaeli, the Foreign Ministry wanted world famous physicist Albert Einstein to make a TV appearance to talk about Israel's scientific progress in honor of the country's Independence Day. Einstein, who was known as a maverick, preferred to speak about Israel's clash with Egypt, which he blamed on the Great Powers, but unfortunately he died just before the speech was made. You can read the story on our website, and you can see Bar Refaeli here:


Einstein was an early supporter of Zionism, and in 1921 he toured America to raise money for the movement with Dr. Chaim Weizmann. However he was also a pacifist, and his views sometimes led to clashes with Weizmann and other leaders of the movement. In later life he moderated his pacifism. These documents show clearly that he was determined to make his support for Israel public, even though he was in poor health and busy with his scientific work – up to his last breath.

Einstein, Weizmann and Zionist leaders, 1921

1 comment:

  1. “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.”
    Albert Einstein

    “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
    Albert Einstein

    “I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”
    Albert Einstein

    “If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.”
    Albert Einstein

    “Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.”
    Albert Einstein

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