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Zohar Segev

This article examines American Zionist leaders' positions on the Jerusalem issue, taking into consideration that from the 1920s until 1948, they acted within the Zionist movement as an independent political force that sought to play an active role in shaping the Yishuv and the State of Israel according to their own worldview. Their position on Jerusalem included recognition of its significance in Jewish history and the necessity of consolidating Jewish nationalism in Palestine. Yet they demonstrated a clear preference for social and economic patterns that, they maintained, had consolidated in Tel Aviv as a counterbalance to Jerusalem.

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Efraim Inbar and Ian S. Lustick

A Debate between Efraim Inbar and Ian S. Lustick

Time is on Israel's Side Efraim Inbar

From a realpolitik perspective, the balance of power between Israel and its neighbors is the critical variable in the quest for survival in a bad neighborhood. If Israel’s position is improving over time and the power differential between the Jewish State and its foes is growing, then its capacity to overcome regional security challenges is assured. Moreover, under such circumstances there is less need to make concessions to weaker parties that are in no position to exact a high price from Israel for holding on to important security and national assets such as the Golan Heights, the settlement blocs close to the “Green Line,” the Jordan Rift, and particularly Jerusalem.

With a Bang or a Whimper, Time Is Running Out Ian S. Lustick

Israel’s existence in the Middle East is fundamentally precarious. Twentieth- century Zionism and Israeli statehood is but a brief moment in Jewish history. There is nothing more regular in Jewish history and myth than Jews “returning” to the Land of Israel to build a collective life—nothing more regular, that is, except, for Jews leaving the country and abandoning the project. Abraham came from Mesopotamia, then left for Egypt. Jacob left for Hauran, then returned, then left with his sons for Egypt. The Israelites subsequently left Egypt with Moses and Joshua, and “returned” to the Land. Upper class Jews who did not leave with the Assyrians left with Jeremiah for Babylon, then returned with Ezra and Nehemiah.

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The Return to the Monument

The Looming Absence of the Temple

Hava Schwartz

national significance. This approach to archaeological remains and ancient monuments linked to Jewish history has gradually converted these sites within the diverse landscape into components of a symbolic national landscape, playing a role within a “realm

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Shira Klein

,000 Years of Jewish History.” Source:,000_Years_of_Jewish_History_(Fall_2017)/home . Benefits of Wikipedia Editing The most apparent benefit of having students edit Wikipedia is the practice it

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Menachem Klein

communities in Palestine distinguished them from the cohesive Zionist movement. Both the Zionist and the Jewish schools, as Wallach rightly argues, position the history of Palestinian Jews on the axis of Jewish history, unaffected by their proximate Muslim and

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Liberal Whispers and Propaganda Fears

The American Jewish Committee and Israel’s Palestinian Minority, 1948–1966

Geoffrey P. Levin

Jewish Archives, Temple University’s Feinstein Center for American Jewish History, the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, and the Israel Institute. Lastly, I thank the AIS Kimmerling Prize committee and the editors at Israel Studies Review for

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Uzi Meshulam and the ‘Mishkan Ohalim’ Affair

The Influence of Radical Ultra-Orthodoxy

Motti Inbari

the ways of the past, even if tactical, is regarded as strengthening satanic forces whose influence must be avoided ( Sorotzkin 2004 ). 1 The adherents of this approach accept the assumption that Jewish history has reached its endpoint and that the

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Two Patterns of Modernization

An Analysis of the Ethnic Issue in Israel

Shlomo Fischer

Partnership . Jerusalem : Israel Democracy Institute . De Felico , Renzo . 1985 . Jews in an Arab Land: Libya, 1835–1970 . Trans. Judith Roumani . Austin : University of Texas Press . Eisenstadt , S. N. 1980 . “ The Format of Jewish History: Some

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The End Point of Zionism

Ethnocentrism and the Temple Mount

Tomer Persico

Gershom Scholem opined in 1959 that one overriding question accompanies the Zionist project: “Whether or not Jewish history will be able to endure the entry into the concrete realm without perishing in the crisis of the messianic claim which has

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Menachem Begin’s World Travels in the 1950s

A Road to Political Legitimacy

Ofira Gruweis-Kovalsky

.” [In Hebrew.] Pp. 283 – 320 in Transition and Change in Modern Jewish History: Essays Presented in Honor of Shmuel Ettinger , ed. Shmuel Almog et al. Jerusalem : Shazar . Heller , Joseph . 1989 . Lehi: Ideology and Politics, 1940–1949 . [In