From Binational Society to Jewish State: Federal Concepts in Zionist Political Thought, 1920-1990, and the Jewish People

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Brill, 2006 - Social Science - 189 pages
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The central issue in this book is the federal ideas in the Zionist political thought during seventy years, from the early 1920s to the late 1990s. These ideas and plans had a double meaning and purpose: to find a suitable political bi-national structure for the Jews and Arabs in Palestine, which will enable both of them to fulfill their national goals, and to enable the Jewish people in the world to make Palestine their homeland by free immigration. The Zionist federative ideas were carried by different and even rival political parties and leaders, ranging from right-wing nationalists to Social-Democrats and liberal humanists. But despite this diversity all of them were based on the liberal and democratic political tradition in Europe before World War I. These ideas were renewed in the State of Israel at the end of the last century.This book is also available in paperback.

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Contents

Chapter One The Federative Parliamentary Model
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Chapter Two The Federative Autonomy Model
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Chapter Three The Composite Federative Model
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Yosef Gorny, Ph.D. (1970) in history, Tel-Aviv University, is Professor of Modern Jewish History at Tel-Aviv University. He has published extensively on the history of Zionism, Jewish-Arab relations, the State of Israel and the Jewish diaspora. His recent most recent book is "Converging Alternatives: The Bund and the Zionist Labor Movement, 1897-1985" (SUNY Press, 2006).

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