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

Publisher: Yorma Hazony Basic Books


Is Israel about to make a radical break with its identity as the Jewish state? In this provocative and hard-hitting book, Yoram Hazony describes in detail the disturbing cultural and political revolt known as "post-Zionism," whose aim is to dismantle Israel's legal and moral standing as the state of the Jewish people. In the process he offers the first in-depth analysis the "new historians" seeking to revise the story of Israel's founding; the revolution in the new Israeli public-school curriculum; and other shocking aspects of the "new Israel" that have made headlines around the world.

Hazony exposes the influence of post-Jewish ideals on Israel's culture and politics-examining Israeli academia and literature, as well as in the media, the legal system, the armed forces, and the foreign policy establishment. He then uncovers the roots of the current revolution with his own impassioned interpretation of Israeli history. He recounts, for example, the little-known story of how Martin Buber, Gershom Scholem, Hannah Arendt, and other German-Jewish intellectuals bitterly fought against the founding of Israel, and later helped turn the Hebrew University into a base for deposing David Ben-Gurion and discrediting his conception of Israel as the Jewish state.

Hazony poses hard questions: Where did the idea of this "New Israel" come from? How deep do post-Zionism's influences run? And most importantly, what are the implications--for Jews and non-Jews in Israel and around the world--of an Israel that may one day cease to see itself as the Jewish state? An indispensable roadmap to the "post-Zionist" revolution in Israel, the Jewish State is a must-read for anyone concerned with Israel's present and future.

Yoram Hazony is President of the Shalem Center, an institute for Jewish social thought and public policy in Jerusalem. He was a member of the Israeli delegation to the Madrid Peace Conference, and an advisor to Benjamin Netanyahu as opposition leader. He is the author of The Dawn: Political Teachings of the Book of Esther and a frequent contributor to Israeli and American journals of opinion, including Commentary and The Weekly Standard.

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