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Conceptions of "State of Israel" in Israeli Society

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Publication Date: January 1988

Publisher(s): Middle East Institute (Jerusalem)

Author(s): Liemban Charles S.

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Government (Nation state)

Keywords: Israeli Jews; Political behavior

Type: Report

Coverage: Israel


In The Jerusalem Quarterly 47 (Summer), 95-107. This essay argues that many, and possibly most Israelis, do not share a Western image of a state. We are tempted to call the alternative image a Jewish model of the state. But it is probably more helpful to think of it as a communal model. When they imagine Israel they imagine a community and not a state.