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"Jacqueline Rose proposes a suggestive analysis of a communal neurosis gripping Israel. Her examination . . . is topical and important."—Amos Elon, author of The Pity of It All: A Portrait of the German-Jewish Epoch, 1743-1933.

"I never thought it would be possible to articulate the psyche of Zionism without descending into superlatives or foul language. Jacqueline Rose has succeeded admirably where others have failed."—Ilan Pappe, Haifa University, author of A History of Modern Palestine: One Land, Two Peoples

"Jacqueline Rose speaks as a Jewish woman who deeply feels the traumatic pain of her people and because of that pain is anguished by the violence towards another people entailed in the Zionist project. While one may dispute her thesis that the source of this violence lies within the inner logic of the Zionist vision, one cannot ignore the moral urgency of the questions she raises with trenchant intelligence and a probing psychological insight."—Paul Mendes-Flohr, Divinity School, University of Chicago, and Director, The Franz Rosenzweig Research Center for German-Jewish Literature and Cultural History, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

"This is a brilliant and highly original book on the mindset of modern Zionism and its principal progeny—the State of Israel. Jacqueline Rose is a formidable scholar with a writing style that is at once forceful and subtle. She offers—with intellectual honesty and fair-mindedness—new and very compelling explanations of the gap between the theory and practice of Zionism."—Avi Shlaim, Oxford University

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"[A] remarkable book. . . . Enormous amounts of news coverage and polemic are devoted to Israel, and the conflict in the Holy Land is the single most bitterly contentious struggle on earth. And yet, as Rose points out, little attention is given to the roots of the Zionist movement and the impassioned debates that once surrounded it. . . . Just what a strange creed Zionism was, and how unlike other nations its out-come, are part of Rose's theme."—Geoffrey Wheatcroft, New Statesman

"Jacqueline Rose has written a timely and courageous book. . . . It could do nothing but good if the force of Rose's argument were to be felt not only in and for Israel but beyond."—David Stimpson, London Review of Books

"Professor Rose's analysis . . . is modestly expressed and methodical. It is also fiercely intellectual. Judaic theology and psychoanalytic theory are wielded like tools, unpicking the minds of Israel's pioneers . . . to the Bible-bashing settlers currently resisting evacuation from Gaza to the West Bank."—Rafael Behr, The Observer

"[A]n original and provocative study, full of arresting insights, that deserves to be widely read in Israel and among diaspora Jews."—Rabbi David Goldberg, Jewish Chronicle

"In some of the most interesting passages of The Question of Zion, [Jacqueline Rose] offers a brilliant account of the psychopathological effects of the holocaust on 'the Israeli mind'. . . . Inspired by Rose's courage and generosity, our field should now engage with much less timidity with the issue of Palestine/Israel."—Bart Moore-Gilbert, Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies

"Rose's highly provocative work raises many important problems and provides many useful insights."—Laurence J. Silberstein, International History Review

"Rose's book has the merit of probing the problematic liaison in the Jewish state between nationalism and religion, on the one hand, and national myth and political reality, on the other. From the perspective of the study of her religion, her book challenges us to pay heed to the fundamental conceptual difference between (religious) redemption and (national) liberation."—Martina Urban, Journal of Religion

"Presents a revisionist appraisal of the complexities of the Arab-Israeli conflict and concludes that Israel is in danger of destroying itself."—Sheldon Kirshner, Canadian Jewish News

"Rose asks the right questions: is it possible to talk about the suffering of the Jewish people and the violence of the Israeli state in the same breadth? Why is criticism of Israel construed as a denial of the Jewish people's right to self-defense? Can any state act with impunity on grounds of self-defense? And finally, if part of the messianic view of world history is that 'it is part of the cosmic order of things that the nation must live on a knife's edge,' as her analysis suggests, is it possible for there to be peace?"—Cynthia Hoffman, Tikkun

New Statesman
[A] remarkable book. . . . Enormous amounts of news coverage and polemic are devoted to Israel, and the conflict in the Holy Land is the single most bitterly contentious struggle on earth. And yet, as Rose points out, little attention is given to the roots of the Zionist movement and the impassioned debates that once surrounded it. . . . Just what a strange creed Zionism was, and how unlike other nations its out-come, are part of Rose's theme.
— Geoffrey Wheatcroft
London Review of Books
Jacqueline Rose has written a timely and courageous book. . . . It could do nothing but good if the force of Rose's argument were to be felt not only in and for Israel but beyond.
— David Stimpson
Jewish Chronicle
[A]n original and provocative study, full of arresting insights, that deserves to be widely read in Israel and among diaspora Jews.
— Rabbi David Goldberg
International History Review
Rose's highly provocative work raises many important problems and provides many useful insights.
— Laurence J. Silberstein
Journal of Religion
Rose's book has the merit of probing the problematic liaison in the Jewish state between nationalism and religion, on the one hand, and national myth and political reality, on the other. From the perspective of the study of her religion, her book challenges us to pay heed to the fundamental conceptual difference between (religious) redemption and (national) liberation.
— Martina Urban
Canadian Jewish News
Presents a revisionist appraisal of the complexities of the Arab-Israeli conflict and concludes that Israel is in danger of destroying itself.
— Sheldon Kirshner
Tikkun
Rose asks the right questions: is it possible to talk about the suffering of the Jewish people and the violence of the Israeli state in the same breadth? Why is criticism of Israel construed as a denial of the Jewish people's right to self-defense? Can any state act with impunity on grounds of self-defense? And finally, if part of the messianic view of world history is that 'it is part of the cosmic order of things that the nation must live on a knife's edge,' as her analysis suggests, is it possible for there to be peace?
— Cynthia Hoffman
The Observer
Professor Rose's analysis . . . is modestly expressed and methodical. It is also fiercely intellectual. Judaic theology and psychoanalytic theory are wielded like tools, unpicking the minds of Israel's pioneers . . . to the Bible-bashing settlers currently resisting evacuation from Gaza to the West Bank.
— Rafael Behr
Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies
In some of the most interesting passages of The Question of Zion, [Jacqueline Rose] offers a brilliant account of the psychopathological effects of the holocaust on 'the Israeli mind'. . . . Inspired by Rose's courage and generosity, our field should now engage with much less timidity with the issue of Palestine/Israel.
— Bart Moore-Gilbert
Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies

In some of the most interesting passages of The Question of Zion, [Jacqueline Rose] offers a brilliant account of the psychopathological effects of the holocaust on 'the Israeli mind'. . . . Inspired by Rose's courage and generosity, our field should now engage with much less timidity with the issue of Palestine/Israel.
— Bart Moore-Gilbert
New Statesman - Geoffrey Wheatcroft
[A] remarkable book. . . . Enormous amounts of news coverage and polemic are devoted to Israel, and the conflict in the Holy Land is the single most bitterly contentious struggle on earth. And yet, as Rose points out, little attention is given to the roots of the Zionist movement and the impassioned debates that once surrounded it. . . . Just what a strange creed Zionism was, and how unlike other nations its out-come, are part of Rose's theme.
London Review of Books - David Stimpson
Jacqueline Rose has written a timely and courageous book. . . . It could do nothing but good if the force of Rose's argument were to be felt not only in and for Israel but beyond.
The Observer - Rafael Behr
Professor Rose's analysis . . . is modestly expressed and methodical. It is also fiercely intellectual. Judaic theology and psychoanalytic theory are wielded like tools, unpicking the minds of Israel's pioneers . . . to the Bible-bashing settlers currently resisting evacuation from Gaza to the West Bank.
Rabbi; Jewish Chronicle - David Goldberg
[A]n original and provocative study, full of arresting insights, that deserves to be widely read in Israel and among diaspora Jews.
Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies - Bart Moore-Gilbert
In some of the most interesting passages of The Question of Zion, [Jacqueline Rose] offers a brilliant account of the psychopathological effects of the holocaust on 'the Israeli mind'. . . . Inspired by Rose's courage and generosity, our field should now engage with much less timidity with the issue of Palestine/Israel.
International History Review - Laurence J. Silberstein
Rose's highly provocative work raises many important problems and provides many useful insights.
Journal of Religion - Martina Urban
Rose's book has the merit of probing the problematic liaison in the Jewish state between nationalism and religion, on the one hand, and national myth and political reality, on the other. From the perspective of the study of her religion, her book challenges us to pay heed to the fundamental conceptual difference between (religious) redemption and (national) liberation.
Canadian Jewish News - Sheldon Kirshner
Presents a revisionist appraisal of the complexities of the Arab-Israeli conflict and concludes that Israel is in danger of destroying itself.
Tikkun - Cynthia Hoffman
Rose asks the right questions: is it possible to talk about the suffering of the Jewish people and the violence of the Israeli state in the same breadth? Why is criticism of Israel construed as a denial of the Jewish people's right to self-defense? Can any state act with impunity on grounds of self-defense? And finally, if part of the messianic view of world history is that 'it is part of the cosmic order of things that the nation must live on a knife's edge,' as her analysis suggests, is it possible for there to be peace?
Jewish Chronicle - Rabbi David Goldberg
[A]n original and provocative study, full of arresting insights, that deserves to be widely read in Israel and among diaspora Jews.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691117508
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 2/22/2005
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.82 (w) x 8.82 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Jacqueline Rose is Professor of English at Queen Mary University of London. She is the author of "The Haunting of Sylvia Plath", "States of Fantasy", the novel "Albertine", and "On Not Being Able to Sleep: Psychoanalysis in the Modern World" (Princeton).

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 "The apocalyptic sting" : Zionism as Messianism (vision) 1
Ch. 2 "Imponderables in thin air" : Zionism as psychoanalysis (critique) 58
Ch. 3 "Break their bones" : Zionism as politics (violence) 108
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2005

    Professorial Drivel

    The Arab dictatorships saw to it in 1948 that no Palestine came into existence alonside Isarel, which was what the UN resolution had intended. A half century later, Arafat saw to it, at Camp David and at Taba, that no Palestinian state came into existence, and proceeded to wink at Hamas's self-defeating program of suicide bombings. But you'd never know a thing about this long tragic history of Arab misrule -- by which legitimate Palestinian hopes have been laid waste -- from reading Prof. Rose, who dwells in a polemical realm of her own where Palestinians are pure victims and Israelis are pure perpetrators and that is that.

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