A Political Theory for the Jewish People by Chaim GansA Political Theory for the Jewish People by Chaim Gans

A Political Theory for the Jewish People

byChaim Gans

Hardcover | January 22, 2016

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Chaim Gans's A Political Theory for the Jewish People examines the two dominant interpretations of Zionism, contrasts them with post-Zionist alternatives, and develops a third model. Along with exploring the historiographic, philosophical and moral foundations of each of these approaches,Gans considers their implications for the relationship between Jews and Arabs in Israel/Palestine as well as the relationship between Israeli and diasporic Jews. Proprietary Zionism, Gans argues, is the version that is most popular among the Israeli Jewish public. It conceives of the land of Israel/historic Palestine as the property of the Jewish people. It also conceives of the entire Jewish people as belonging to Israel. Hierarchical Zionism is commonamong Israel's educated elites and interprets the Jewish right to self-determination as a right to hegemony within the Israeli state. It remains silent on the issue of the relationship between Israeli and non-Israeli Jews. Post-Zionist approaches, conversely, thoroughly reject these Zionistnarratives regarding Jewish history and critique the rationale for the continued existence of the state of Israel as a Jewish state.Gans disagrees with all of these approaches, and in their stead advocates egalitarian Zionism, which is based on an egalitarian interpretation of the right to national self-determination and derives from the justifications for Zionism in its early years. As such, it interprets the historical linkbetween the Jews and the land of Israel in terms of identity rather than property. It also views the link between Israel and world Jewry as a matter of choice for individual Jews--not as a matter of necessity, inextricably bound to their essence as Jews. He sees it as preferable to both thedominant strands of Zionism but also to the major contemporary anti-Zionist approaches: first, that of the Israeli post-Zionists offering a civic or post-colonial vision of a non-Jewish state, and, secondly, that of the mostly American post-Zionists who have a neo-diasporic vision for both Israeliand non-Israeli Jews in which the connection to the land of Israel is loose at best. Ultimately, the book argues that egalitarian Zionism is superior to its rivals both in the authenticity of its relationship to Jewish history and in its implications for denizens of Israeland Jews around theworld.
Chaim Gans is Professor of Law at Tel Aviv University and author of A Just Zionism (Oxford UP) and The Limits of Nationalism (Cambridge UP).
Title:A Political Theory for the Jewish PeopleFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 6.5 × 9.41 × 1.1 inPublished:January 22, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents1. Zionisms and Post-Zionisms1.1. A Variety of Approaches to Zionism1.2. The Post-Zionist Challenge1.3. The Narrative versus Its Interpretations2. The Facts of the Zionist Narrative2.1. Was There a Protagonist?2.2. The Protagonist, Its Age, and Its Nature2.3. The Protagonist's Adventures3. The Morality of the Zionist Narrative: Three Zionisms3.1. Not one Zionism but Three3.2. Proprietary Zionism3.3. Hierarchical Zionism3.4. Egalitarian Zionism4. Three Post-Zionisms4.1. Between Hegemony and Post-Zionism4.2. Contesting Zionism's Historical Project4.3. Civic Post-Zionism4.4. Post-Colonial Post-Zionism4.5. Neo-Diasporic Post-Zionism5. Egalitarian Zionism5.1. Egalitarian Zionism and its Rivals5.2. Zionist Consistency and Zionist Historiography5.3. Zionisms, Post-Zionisms and Peace and Stability in Israel/Palestine6. Jewish Nationalism, Israel, and World Jewry6.1. World Jewry: Exile or Diaspora?6.2. Proprietary Zionism: The Negation of Exile and the Denial of Diaspora6.3. Post-Zionism: Denial of Exile and of Diaspora6.4. Egalitarian Zionism: From the Negation of Exile to the Affirmation of the DiasporaAfterword