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The Jewish State: The Struggle for Israel's Soul by [Hazony, Yoram]
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The Jewish State: The Struggle for Israel's Soul is a powerful assessment of "post-Zionist" Israeli culture--the Jewish movement that seeks to overturn traditional notions of Israel as a Jewish state. Author Yoram Hazony, who has been a participant in some of the most significant stages of the Middle East peace process, investigates the cultural and political history of post-Zionism, the extent of its current influence, and its potential effects in the future. The Jewish State includes a previously unknown story about some of this century's most important Jewish intellectuals--including Hannah Arendt, Martin Buber, and Gershom Scholem (They opposed the establishment of Israel, and later leveraged the power of Hebrew University to depose David Ben-Gurion and defame the Labour Zionism that helped give birth to Israel). Ironically, Hazony takes succour from this story because he says that it offers "the lesson of how a small fellowship of intellectuals, without the benefit of exceptionally sensible ideas or especially cogent means of expressing them, nonetheless succeeded in changing the life of a nation, against all odds". So, Hazony imagines that a few individuals with more sensible ideas, better attuned to the desires of Israel's people, might be able to re-establish that nation "as a guardian of the Jews and a source of strength to them". Hazony is a sturdy thinker and a persuasive polemicist, and The Jewish State may prove to be a very influential book. --Ali Perry-Gallagher

About the Author

Yoram Hazony is the founder and former president of the Shalem Center, where he is currently a senior fellow. He is the author of The Dawn: Political Teachings of the Book of Esther (Shalem Press, 1995) and The Jewish State: The Struggle for Israel's Soul (New Republic/Basic Books, 2000), and has written for newspapers and magazines including The New Republic and The New York Times. Hazony received his B.A. from Princeton University and his Ph.D from Rutgers University, and served as a member of the Israeli delegation to the Madrid Peace Conference. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife and children.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books (30 April 2009)
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  • Language: English
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