Table of Contents – Israeli Jews


1. Summary

2. The long process of Israeli Jews taking over Zionism

(i)  The prototype of the Israeli Jew – the Yishuv before World War I

-Jews in exile

-Jews returning

-Herzl’s objection to Jewish immigration

(ii)  Sudden rise of Israeli Jews after Balfour Declaration and of WW I

-Yishuv – from fringe of Zionism to mechanism of its fulfillment

-Jews reluctant to come; those who came became icons of Zionism

-Impact of regional destabilization

-Early signs of armed-struggle further raises importance of Yishuv

-European Zionists snub the Yishuv

-British reversal of policy further elevates Yishuv Zionists

-Takeover of Zionism by the Ben-Gurion stream

(iii) Characteristics of the new center of Zionism – Israel

-Negation of the Jewish religion

-Negation of the Jewish Diaspora

-Geographical negation of the Diaspora

-Cultural negation of the Diaspora

-Israelis vs. Jews

(iv)  Zionism – success

-Successful melting-pot in Israel

3.  But no transformation – hurdles remained till the turn of the 21st Century

-Zionism is secular – can not be organizing principle of Judaism

-Large portion of Jews reject Zionism – the Haredi

-Zionism is Socialist – Jews are not

-Israel – a “charity-case”

-Status quo locked – impossible to transform

4. Hurdles Removed – transformation occurring

Zionism abandoning its secular roots – return to Judaism

(i) Zionism’s secular roots

          Artificial sectoralization of Israeli society

(ii) Jewish resurgence amongst seculars & de-sectoralization of Israel

-De-sectoralization allows seculars to somewhat de-securalize

-Myth of the Israeli tribes

-Rebelling against the rebells

-Round 1: The rebels (early 20th Century)

-Round 2: Rebelling against the rebels (early 21st Century)

-The emergence of the Datlaf (now main stream of secular Israelis)

-Broad range of Datalf’s

-The Datlaf’s contribution to religiosity

(iii) Changing dynamics within the religious community

-Religious-light penetrates secular society

-US Modern Orthodox connect to religious-light, hence to Israel

(iv) Shift of power from secular minority to traditional/religious majority

Non-Zionist Haredi turning Zionist and rising

(i)   Early rejection of Zionism

(ii)  Growing acceptability of Zionism by the Haredi

(iii) Growing acceptability of Haredi by Israelis

-Getting closer

(iv) Haredispring and Haredi as flag-carriers of Zionism

Zionism abandoning its Socialist roots

(i)  Zionism’s Socialist roots

(ii)  Zionism as icon of global economy

Israel – no longer a charity case

(i) Israeli economic miracle

(ii) Israeli wealth and prosperity

Abandonment of status quo and a new culture of change

(i)  Early perpetuation of status quo

(ii)  Breaking of the status quo

(iii) Dynamic society quick to change

(iv) Rebelling against government

Hurdles to transformation removed

-conditions ripe for a transformation

5. Ecosystem supports transformation

Shift from Tel Aviv to Zion

(i)  Historic perspective

(ii) Shifts within Tel Aviv

-The domestic migrant to Tel Aviv becomes the local

-Tel Aviv population replacement

-Synagogue attendee and Shabbat

-Voting patterns

-Reflected in re-embrace of overt Zionism

-Tel Aviv as AltNeuLand

-Tel Aviv as Uganda

(iii) Shifts within Jerusalem

-The 3,000 year evolution of Jerusalem

(iv) Half-full vs. Half-empty

(v) Supporting shift from Tel Aviv to the periphery

Israel’s non-Jews accept Zionism

(i)   Israeli Arabs

(ii) Israeli Druze

(iii) Russians and other non-Jews

(iv) Foreign workers

Shift from European influence to American influence

(i) Early opinion leaders: Europhiles, Socialists

(ii) Current generation: America-influenced

Israelis rejection of Universalism and embrace of particularity

(i)  Brought from Europe – “be like everybody else”

(ii) Israelis chose to be Israeli

6. Conclusion: For Israelis, Zionism is Judaism


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