The Eternal Jew in Nationalist Israel

The Israeli left, which has come under attack in recent weeks, is simply fulfilling its civic obligation to Israeli society by trying to protect the state from itself.

The hatred for the Haaretz newspaper and the Israeli left must be understood in the context of increasing Jewish nationalism. The calls to silence the paper’s writers are reminiscent of the book burning in 1817 at Wartburg Castle in Germany, where student groups that led the German unity movement threw the French constitution – written less than 30 years earlier – into the...