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Messianism Is Israel’s Most Powerful Force, Embraced by Atheists Too

Assaf Harel
Assaf Harel
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Assaf Harel
Assaf Harel

For more than 15 years I have been studying, as an anthropologist, Jewish settlements and messianism. As part of my research, I lived in the Gush Katif settlement bloc in the Gaza Strip during the 2005 disengagement. Later, I resided in Alon Shvut, a West Bank settlement. One of my main research conclusions is that we are all messianic. By “we” I mean all the Jews who live in the Israeli-Palestinian space, across both sides of the Green Line, in the Holy Land, religious and secular, right and left.

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