High on a Hilltop: Are the Settlers Modern Day Crusaders?

The Jewish settlement project in the West Bank poses a danger to the Zionist project.

As a political ideology and a national movement, Zionism was, in its self-consciousness, neither Canaanite nor Crusader. Those who founded and initially implemented its principles were challenged by two conceptual provocations. The first, the “Canaanite challenge,” was aimed at severing the Zionist umbilical cord that connected Jewishness with Israeliness. According to the...