The Road Not Taken: Martin Buber and the Politics of Dialogue

By Paul Mendes-Flohr

Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute, April 2010

Mendes-Flohr praises Buber, Israel's prophet of dialogue, who advocated establishing a dialogue with the Palestinian Arabs rather than the "either us or them" Realpolitik strategy. Buber predicted the latter approach would not only perpetuate the conflict, but also vitiate the vision of Zionism as the movement for the spiritual and cultural renewal of the Jewish people. Buber's voice was not heeded, but it was respected, and Mendes-Flohr considers this an encouraging sign for the future of Israeli politics.

Topic: Arab-Israeli Relations, Political Behavior, History, Israeli-Arab Relations, Discourse and Dialogue, Politics

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.40/no.669

Page Number(s): 12-13

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Israel

Language: English

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Mendes-Flohr, Paul. The Road Not Taken: Martin Buber and the Politics of Dialogue. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute. April 2010: 12-13. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=7912


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