Israel at 50: An Israeli Perpsective

By Yossi Klein Halevi

American Jewish Committee (AJC), 1998

The author argues that each of Israel's "rescue missions"--ingathering diasporas, psychologically healing the Jews, and re-empowering Judaism-- has generated unforeseen dilemmas, which threaten to undermine the state. Israel has yet to successfully complete the transition from state-building to nation-building due to unresolved identity questions. Fifty years into statehood, external borders are still not agreed upon, nor are the internal borders between Israeliness and Jewishness, democracy and faith. He states that in the coming decades, Israel must imprint its society with a national identity that respects diversity but offers shared values, myths, and goals.

Topic: History, Identity Formation, Zionism

Name of Publication: American Jewish Year Book

Volume/Issue: Vol. 98

Page Number(s): 25-46

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Genre: Report

Coverage: Israel

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Halevi, Yossi Klein. Israel at 50: An Israeli Perpsective. American Jewish Year Book. American Jewish Committee (AJC). 1998: 25-46. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=2089


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