Israel Speaks Hebrew

in israel •  2 months ago

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    I want Israel's representatives abroad to speak Hebrew.

    Even Bib should speak more Hebrew.

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    My Israeli born wife speaks excellent but not mother tongue English after living with me in the UK for years. She likes it when Israelis abroad representing the country speak English well and cringes when we send Israelis with broken English out to speak.

    I used to feel the same.

    Now I want Israel's representatives abroad to speak Hebrew. Even Bib should speak more Hebrew.

    Our presentation at the kangaroo court in the Hague should have been in Hebrew. They're going to hang us anyway, make them listen to Hebrew. At the UN General Assembly make them listen to Hebrew.

    Our revived and renewed ancient tongue is our indigenous right. The rest of the world can struggle with translations. It would probably help if speeches were officially translated and those translations presented to the media, but Israel's language is Hebrew (or even Arabic in some settings where that would be appropriate).

    Just because we have many native English (and Russian and many other) language speakers living here, doesn't mean they're always the best people for ever job.

    This isn't about day in day out spokespeople: for sure we need great native language speakers representing us to the media but even this is a double edged sword!

    We get too much attention already most of it negative: perhaps this is because we are too easy to cover in the English speaking press!


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