What a Jewish State Means to Israeli Jews
Publication Date: January 1981
Publisher(s): Bar-Ilan University Press
Series: Comparative Jewish Politics: Public Life in Israel and the Diaspora, Sam N. Lehman & Bernard Susser
Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Keywords: Political Behavior; Religious Denominations; Church and State; Zionism
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.
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