Liberal Nationalism for Israel: Towards an Israeli National Identity

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Alarmed at the -derived New Zionist Myth that equates being Israeli with being Jewish, philosopher Agassi (emeritus, Tel-Aviv U. and York U., Toronto) traces the foundations of Israel and advocates separation of synagogue and state. Hebrew versions of the book appeared in 1984 and 1993. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789652291905
  • Publisher: Gefen Publishing House
  • Publication date: 8/1/1999
  • Language: Hebrew
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the English-language Edition 7
Preface to the First Edition 20
Acknowledgments 24
Preface to the Second Edition 25
Prologue: Hillel Kook 29
Introduction: On Political Normalization 37
Part 1 Foundations: The Israeli Nation and its Judaism
Chapter 1 Concerning Public Responsibility 47
Chapter 2 The Social Contract Theory 55
Chapter 3 The Reaction and Chauvinism 65
Chapter 4 Liberal Nationalism 77
Chapter 5 On Wars of Independence 87
Chapter 6 The Jewish Problem 94
Chapter 7 The Birth of the Jewish Nationalist Movement 106
Chapter 8 Political and Practical Zionism 111
Chapter 9 Zionism and Independence 120
Chapter 10 Faith, Nationality And State 129
Part 2 A National Tragedy
Chapter 11 In The National Military Organization 141
Chapter 12 The Bergson Group 144
Chapter 13 Stateless Jews and the Jews of the United States 150
Chapter 14 The Wave of Hostility 155
Chapter 15 For the Rescue of European Jews 161
Chapter 16 National Self-Determination 165
Chapter 17 Peter Bergson to Chaim Weizmann, April 2, 1945 175
Chapter 18 In the Zionist Establishment 183
Chapter 19 The Hebrew Committee for National Liberation and the Irgun National Military Organization 192
Chapter 20 Then and Now 198
Part 3 An Updated Program for the Israeli Nation
Chapter 21 Decades of Internal Exile 205
Chapter 22 The Root of the Evil 212
Chapter 23 Is Israel Today a Nation-State? 221
Chapter 24 The Purpose of the Change 227
Chapter 25 The Alternative Plan 236
Chapter 26 Concerning National Minorities 243
Chapter 27 The Need for an Israeli Initiative to Establish Peace in the Middle East 252
Chapter 28 Political Initiative Towards Peace in the Middle East 261
Chapter 29 Israel and the Jews of Other Nations 269
Chapter 30 The New Zionist Myth 278
Part 4 Conclusions
Chapter 31 Personal Summary: Concerning Israeli National Identity 286
Chapter 32 Cultural Conclusion: Concerning the Unity of the Jewish People 293
Chapter 33 A Political Conclusion: Towards a Transition Period 299
Notes 306
Name Index 327
Subject Index 330
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