The Tragedy of Zionism: How Its Revolutionary Past Haunts Israeli Democracy

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Helios Press, 2002 - History - 389 pages
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The subject of intense controversy when it was first published in 1985, The Tragedy of Zionism provides illuminating insight into the history behind the headlines. Now revised with a new prologue and epilogue, this ground breaking book is republished at a time when Middle Eastern turbulence, Israeli-Palestinian relations, religious extremism, and democratic government are centre stage in the world's political arenas. This poignant chronicle of the Zionist revolution in Europe and Palestine is a tale of the unexpected and tragic ways Zionism's heroic theories and institutions have come to threaten Israeli democracy since the Six Day War. It explores how the impetus to settle in the Land of Israel after 1967 derived from unexamined Zionist commitments, which, over time, have become increasingly alarming for Israeli democrats. It also addresses timely and compelling questions: Could Israel, as a Jewish state, be a democratic state if it discriminated against non-Jews, including a fifth of its citizens who are Palestinian Arabs? Could Israel be a Jewish state without granting a privileged position to Jewish orthodoxy? The Tragedy of Zionism calls for democracy as an end to itself-not a

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BERNARD AVISHAI is consulting editor at the Harvard Business Review. Formerly a professor of business at Duke University and the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, he has written for the New Yorker, Harper s Magazine, the New York Review of Books, and Slate, among others. He lives in Wilmot, New Hampshire, and in Jerusalem.

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