Can an Observant Jew Also Be a Critic of Israel?
Yakov Rabkin, an observant Jew, dispels the notion that every Jew is a Zionist and therefore a natural advocate for the State of Israel. In fact, there is a thriving critique of Israel among religious Jews.
Yakov M. Rabkin is Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Montreal. He has also been a Visiting Scholar at several universities, including Yale, Johns Hopkins, Hebrew, Bar-Ilan, Tel Aviv, Université Louis-Pasteur and the Smithsonian Institution. His most recent book What Is Modern Israel? convincingly demonstrates that Israel’s founding ideology – Zionism – is anything but a simple reaction to antisemitism.
An earlier book A Threat from Within: a Century of Jewish opposition to Zionism is currently available in twelve languages, has been nominated for Canada’s Governor-General Award, Israel’s Hecht Prize for Studies in Zionism and is listed as one of the three best books of the year in Japan.
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Christian Zionism and the idea of a “Chosen People”
The Christian idea of Jews physically returning to the Holy Land predates modern Jewish Zionism by many centuries. The idea that the return is in accordance with biblical prophecy and that the gathering of Jews is a prerequisite for the Second Coming of Jesus, dates back to the Reformation. Moreover, some Christian groups in Britain, Germany and the United States have believed that they replaced the Jews as God’s “Chosen People.”
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