The Jewish State by Yoram Hazony
The Struggle for Israel's Soul

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In what may be the most controversial book on Zionism and Israel published in the last twenty years, Yoram Hazony graphically portrays the cultural and political revolt against Israel’s status as the Jewish state. Examining ideological trends in academia, literature, media, law, the armed forces, and the foreign policy establishment, Hazony contends that Israelis are preparing themselves for the final break with the Jewish past and the Jewish future. In a dramatic new reading of Israeli history, Hazony uncovers the story of how Martin Buber, Gershom Scholem, Hannah Arendt, and other German-Jewish intellectuals bitterly fought against the establishment of Israel, and later used the Hebrew University as a base for deposing David Ben-Gurion and discrediting Labor Zionism. The Jewish State is a must-read for anyone concerned with Israel’s present and future.

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Hazony is President of the Shalem Center.
Published May 4, 2001 by Basic Books. 464 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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The author documents how this once marginal clique of antinationalists got a toehold at Hebrew University, fought Zionists from David BenGurion on down, controlled the media, and now work to transform Israel into a binational state whose army is no longer mandated to protect Jews (say, in Entebbe...

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To give but four examples: James Renton has shown, in his analysis of the politics surrounding the inception and early implementation of the Balfour Declaration (1917), how much Zionism was shaped by British perceptions of race, nationality, and empire.(18) Regarding the United States, Marc Dolli...

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