Catch-67: The Left, the Right, and the Legacy of the Six-Day War

Catch-67: The Left, the Right, and the Legacy of the Six-Day War


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Since the Six-Day War, Israelis have been entrenched in a national debate over whether to keep the land they conquered or to return some, if not all, of the territories to Palestinians. In a balanced and insightful analysis, Micah Goodman deftly sheds light on the ideas that have shaped Israelis' thinking on both sides of the debate, and among secular and religious Jews about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Contrary to opinions that dominate the discussion, he shows that the paradox of Israeli political discourse is that both sides are right in what they affirm—and wrong in what they deny. Although he concludes that the conflict cannot be solved, Goodman is far from a pessimist and explores how instead it can be reduced in scope and danger through limited, practical steps. Through philosophical critique and political analysis, Goodman builds a creative, compelling case for pragmatism in a dispute where a comprehensive solution seems impossible.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300236743
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 09/18/2018
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 214,024
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 4.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Micah Goodman is the president of Beit Midrash Yisraeli-Ein Prat. He is a senior fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, and the author of four best-selling books in Israel including Maimonides and the Book That Changed Judaism.

Table of Contents

Preface to the English Edition ix

Maps xiv

Introduction: Can the Israeli National Conversation Be Healed? 1

Part I Political Ideologies In Crisis

Introduction: Right and Left-A Tale of Two Shifts 19

1 The Right's Ideological Shift 23

2 The Left's Ideological Shift 37

3 Religious Zionism and the Messianic Shift 51

Part II Political Ideas In Crisis

Introduction: Both Sides Are Right 65

4 A Confusing Paradox 67

5 No Security Problem? 73

6 No Demographic Problem? 81

7 The Moral Dilemma 93

8 The Jewish Dilemma 105

9 From Confusion to Understanding 117

Part III The Sphere Of Pragmatic Discourse

Introduction: The State and Its Dreams 133

10 The Partial-Peace Plan 143

11 The Divergence Plan 155

12 Political Pragmatism as a Bridge Between the Left and the Right 163

Afterword 171

Notes 179

Acknowledgments 227

Index 231

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