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    • zionist forever
    • 26.11.10 | 11:18 (IST)

    Originally there was no ideology based zionism all people were interested in was a safe haven for the persecuted European jews. They were the pioneers who wanted to take this baron land and make a home. Then there was the introduction of a religious element and that led to ideological zionism of building a jewish homeland Judea. At that point it was just about jews having the right to live in this biblical jewish land nobody gave a dam about the arabs being there as long as they were not a threat. By the late 1930s & the 1940s zionism evolved into the ideology of creating a jewish state run by jews for jews not just the binational state idea that zionists had mostly been in favor of now we wanted a Jewish state. After independence it became about maintaining a jewish majority and the old socialist values were dominant. After 1967 with the birth of the settlement movement there was a rebirth in ideological zionism. There was no peace, we had all this ancient jewish land so the right thing to do is develop it just way the early zionists had developed other parts of the biblical Judea. Today socialism is dead, the country has developed into a modern state and so the old socialist pioneering attitudes that secular zionism was built of is just not there anymore. The pioneers today are the businessmen the old fashioned pioneers who want to develop the land are the settlers. Today the idea of a state run by jews for jews is dominant.

    from the article: Zionism is not an ideology
    First published 02:03 26.11.10 | Last updated 02:03 26.11.10
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