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MIDDLE ISRAEL: TIME TO SHED THE COMPLEX OF ‘YERIDAH’

Expat Amir Yaron’s nomination as Bank of Israel governor has irked some with good reason, but the reasons for welcoming him are better.

Watching fellow pioneers head back to Europe exhausted by Ottoman Palestine’s hardships, poet Noah Shapira lamented the beginnings of what we call “yeridah.”

“It is no time today for me to cheer,” he wrote in 1902, “only to wail and bitterly bemoan / the fate of my brethren who came all the way here / only to leave dear Mother Zion alone.”