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By Israel Shahak, Norton Mezvinsky

It is a new version of a vintage and hugely arguable publication that examines the heritage and outcomes of Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel. totally up-to-date, with new chapters and a brand new advent by means of Norton Mezvinsky, it truly is crucial analyzing for someone who desires a whole knowing of ways non secular extremism has affected the political improvement of the trendy Israeli country. Acclaimed author and human rights campaigner Israel Shahak was once, up util his dying in 2001, some of the most revered of Israel’s peace activists – he used to be, within the phrases of Gore Vidal, ‘the most modern – if now not the final – of the nice prophets.’ Written via Shahak including American pupil Norton Mezvinsky, this books indicates how Jewish fundamentalism in Israel, as proven within the actions of spiritual settlers, is of significant political value. The authors hint the background and improvement of Jewish fundamentalism. They position the assassination of leading Minister Rabin within the context of what they see as a practice of punishments and killings of these Jews seemed to be heretics. They finish that Jewish fundamentalism is basically adversarial to democracy.

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The right often exaggerates the beauty and superiority of the Jewish past, especially when arguing for the preservation of Jewish uniqueness. Shahak chaps 12 12/5/04 4:19 PM Page 12 JEWISH FUNDAMENTALISM IN ISRAEL The religious and secular members of the right share fears as well as beliefs. In an October 6, 1993, article, published in Haaretz, Israel’s most prestigious daily Hebrew-language newspaper, Doron Rosenblum, relying upon varied sources, illustrated this by quoting pronouncements of Likud leaders that were designed to show Israelis the grave nature and risks of the peace process and at the same time to continue the boasting that Likud had initiated the process.

Non-Jews want to kill and destroy the Jews; the rightful differences between Jews should only be about how they should react to the ever-present non-Jewish desire. Currently, these are two alternative Haredi reactions to that common assumption. Rabbi Shach [the spiritual leader of one of the two Haredi factions] says that since the nonJews hate us we need to keep quiet and refrain from provoking them by not reminding them of our existence. The Lubovitcher Rebbe says that we should be strong. ] Those are two alternative answers, both arising from the common concept that a gap separates Jews from non-Jews.

Our consideration of this broad topic begins by focusing upon the ways sophisticated observers divide Israeli Jewish society politically and religiously. We then proceed to the explanation of why Jewish fundamentalism influences in varying degrees other Israeli Jews, thereby allowing fundamentalist Jews to wield much greater political power in Israel than their percentage of the population might appear to warrant. The customary two-way division of Israeli Jewish society rests upon the cornerstone recognition that as a group Israeli Jews are highly ideological.

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