Gideon says that once a national homeland was established, it was time to retire Zionism. This point is fundamentally flawed. It fails to consider the purpose or purposes of establishing a national homeland and what happens to those purposes and purposes if Zionism is retired. The rationale for Zionism, which fundamentally was to protected a beleaguered and incredibly violated people by putting them back in their home land, continues to be a sound rational and hence Zionism, which seeks no more than to achieve that purpose, continues to be vital. What Gideon fails to understand, along with the entire Arab world, is that no everything that Israel does is attributable to Zionism. When its conduct is attributable to Zionism, its legitimate to ask whether that conduct furthers the legitimate goals of Zionism. If that conduct is self defence, even preventative self defence, my unequivical answer is yes it does. Let others bear the burdens of Israel being overly reactive. The Jewish people have paid the price of being non-reactive or too delayed in reacting for thousdands of years. Israel can legitimately behave in accordance with the precautionary principle, unless the risk it acts against is contribed and completely unreal. And its not.
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from the article: After 115 years, it's time for Zionism to retire