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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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by Yoram Hazony

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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

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The Jewish State: The Struggle for Israel's Soul 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book's first hundred pages are a breath of life to anyone who cares about the future of the Jewish state.Hazony gives a brilliant analysis of the post-Zionist mindset which dominates secular intellectual discourse in Israel.He shows how this self - destructive form of thinking has penetrated into many different areas of life in Israel, and how it is the politically correct view of the Israeli cultural establishment. The second part of the book , his historical search for the origins of Zionism seems to me less important.I would have preferred his continuing his analysis of the present reality and his having gone more exhaustively into the work of those, such as the closed - mind gang of Israel's leading paper Haaretz , who dominate intellectual discourse in the Jewish state.He could too have gone more into the role of Israeli creative people including the novelwriting gang of four ( Yehoshua,Oz,Grossman,Shalev) in teaching that Israel is wrong whatever it does. This is a work which begins to do an essential job, drops it off, and does another. Still it is a must read for anyone who cares about the future of the Jewish state.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hazoni's book is superb in several ways.It outlines in the areas of education, military indoctrination, and Supreme Court rulings,the current erosion of Zionist ideals upon which the state of Israel was founded. I found myself incredulous at times at the degree to which Israel's secular intellectuals are abandoning the very ideology which is the raison d'etre of the Jewish State. Hazony documents his assertions exhaustively and meticulously. In addition, he gives a fascinating historical analysis of the reasons for the current erosion of Zionism among Israel's secular intellectuals. Despite my knowledge of Israel's history and of Zionism, I found the book a treasure trove of information about the intellectual wars that preceeded the founding of the State and those that are going on now with increasing intensoty. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in Israel and in the current Middle East. If Hazony's analysis is accurate, Israel faces a crisis of internal ideological decay that threatens its existence as a Jewish State far more than the threat posed by all the Arab armies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found it biased.