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What a Jewish State Means to Israeli Jews

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Publication Date: January 1981

Publisher(s): Bar-Ilan University Press

Author(s): Charles S. Liebman; Eliezer Don-Yehia

Series: Comparative Jewish Politics: Public Life in Israel and the Diaspora, Sam N. Lehman & Bernard Susser

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)

Keywords: Political Behavior; Religious Denominations; Church and State; Zionism

Type: Report


The authors discuss the religio-political beliefs of the Jewish population of Israel regarding the question of how Israeli identity is related to Jewish identity, basing their conclusions on a survey conducted on their behalf. They conclude that while virtually all Israeli Jews agree that Israel ought to be a Jewish state, there is a large spectrum of beliefs concerning what this formulation means. The authors lay out the possibilities, from the extreme ends of the spectrum (Neturei Karta on one side, Canaanism on the other) which stipulate complete dissociation between Jewishness and Israeliness, to the more populous center (including classical Socialist Zionism and Religious Zionism). The authors find that a majority of Israelis fall in between secular and religious Zionism.

Copyright Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel.