What is Modern Israel?
Distributed for Pluto Press
Drawing on many overlooked pages of history, and using on a uniquely broad range of sources in English, French, Hebrew, and Russian, Rabkin shows that Zionism was conceived as a sharp break with Judaism and Jewish continuity. Rabkin argues that Israel’s past and present must be understood in the context of European ethnic nationalism, colonial expansion, and geopolitical interests rather than—as is all too often the case—an incarnation of Biblical prophecies or a culmination of Jewish history.
1 The Land of Israel and its Place in Jewish Tradition
2 The Jews in Europe: Between equality and extermination
3 A Return to the Promised Land as a Return to History
4 The Zionist Enterprise
5 The Nazi Genocide: Its memory and its lessons
6 The making and maintaining of the Zionist State
7 Jewish Opposition to Zionism
8 Israeli society and changing Jewish communities
9 Israel in the International Arena
Conclusion. A State Without Borders