The Tragedy of Zionism: How its Revolutionary Past Haunts Israeli Democracy

Declaring Zionist ideas "sound in their time," Avishai argues that they were never proper for the running of a democratic state and that their continuing predominance in Israeli political discourse threatens greater and greater cycles of violence.

Avishai Bernard, The Tragedy of Zionism: How its Revolutionary Past Haunts Israeli Democracy, Helios Press, 2002.

From bn.com: Declaring Zionist ideas "sound in their time," Avishai argues that they were never proper for the running of a democratic state and that their continuing predominance in Israeli political discourse threatens greater and greater cycles of violence.

He explores the roots of the tenets and institutions of the Zionist project and analyzes how they have conditioned political realities up until 1985 (when the work was first published). He has appended new material in the form of a prologue and an epilogue that assess the current state of Israeli politics.


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