Reformulations of Zionist Ideology Since the Establishment of the State of Israel

Gideon Shimoni

in Studies in Contemporary Jewry: XI: Values, Interests, and Identity

Published in print May 1996 | ISBN: 9780195103311
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854585 | DOI:

Series: Studies in Contemporary Jewry

Reformulations of Zionist Ideology Since the Establishment of the State of Israel

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This chapter focuses on the post-independence or “residual” ideology of Zionism as an issue internal to the Jewish ethnic entity. The term “ideology” here refers to an action-oriented set of ideas relating to a given social reality. In its pre-independence stage, the common denominator of all Zionist ideologies was the proposition that a fundamental defect inhered in the Jewish situation-national homelessness. The solution proffered was the return of Jews to Zion and the restoration of Zion to the Jews. Variants of pre-independence Zionist ideology revolved only around secondary questions such as the precise definition of the defect; which Jews and how many of them were to return to Zion; and in what sense and in what ways Zion was to be restored to the Jews. In the post-independence stage, residual Zionist ideology necessarily calls for an evaluation of the relative significance of Israel, and diasporic Jewries, for the Jews as a collective entity in the world.

Keywords: post-independence; ideology; Zionism; Jews; Zion; Israel; Jewries

Chapter.  14537 words. 

Subjects: History of Religion

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