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Tsvi Bisk – The Optimistic Jew Chapter Six

The Optimistic Jew

The Future of Arab-Jewish Relations A robust policy must have clearly defined first principles to sustain itself over time. The first principle pertaining to our relations with the Arabs should be what is good for the Jews. In its modern context, this means what is good for Zionism. I have already defined Zionism as the collective option for individual Jews in Israel or in the Diaspora to integrate into modern life without sacrificing their Jewish identity. I do not define Zionism as the attempt to recreate the Kingdom of David, reconstruct the Temple, with attendant animal sacrifice, or construct a settlement everywhere the patriarch Abraham once rested his head.

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Tsvi Bisk – The Optimistic Jew Chapter Five

 The Optimistic Jew

During the pre-state and early post state era, kibbutz and moshav settlements epitomized Zionist strategy and activity. Their contribution was crucial in the struggle to create and sustain the Jewish State. They provided security in struggles with local Arabs as well as hostile Arab incursions from outside the Mandate area. They played a vital role in the absorption of Jewish immigrants and in creating Israeli agriculture.

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Tsvi Bisk – The Optimistic Jew Chapter Four

The optimistic Jew

I believe that in order to rejuvenate Zionism we have to reinvent Israel-Diaspora relations. The driving force behind a revitalized Israeli-Diaspora relationship should be the Diaspora and not Israel.

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Tsvi Bisk – The Optimistic Jew Chapter Three

The Optimistic Jew

I am neither a classical Zionist nor a post-Zionist. I suppose I might call myself a neo-Zionist. I accept the fundamental premise of classical Zionism that Jewish sovereignty over a small area of the earth’s surface is a prerequisite to physical survival and a necessity for Jewish self-esteem and self confidence.

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Tsvi Bisk – The Optimistic Jew Chapter Two

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The Special Case of American Jewry

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Tsvi Bisk – The Optimistic Jew Chapter One

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Israelseen is honored to present this new series by Tsvi Bisk from his book the “Optimistic Jew”.


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