What Is The Real Basis Of Zionism?

During the formative years of the Zionist movement Theodor Herzl and others evolved an ideology which became the official stance of the World Zionist Organization and later of the state of Israel. According to this doctrine, Jews were subject to persecution because we did not have a nation of our own and everywhere constituted a minority living in somebody else’s country. When things got rough, there was a constant temptation for the non-Jewish majority to pick on the Jewish minority as a scapegoat and a lightning rod for anger and discontent. This tendency was further exacerbated by the abnormal social structure of the Jewish community which contained too many merchants and intellectuals and not enough productive workers. The only way to remedy this situation was for Jews to have a country of our own in which we could develop a normal social structure and become a normal nation like any other.
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Secularizing God

It is by now a commonplace to point out that the secular Jewish movements of modern times – movements such as Zionism, or Bundism, or Territorialism – drew much of their inspiration from Jewish religious tradition. Everyone now knows that…
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