Zionism – ongoing discussion on how the term is used

An argument that is frequently made is that Zionism’s major goal was to create the state of Israel… and that now it is esatablished and indeed over 64 years old, Zionisms purpose is well and truly accomplished..   Moreover an extension to the argument is that harping on Zionism provides fuel for antizionism, as opposed to people who are simply against the state of Israel.  A recent discussion on the Engage website is quite instructive

Gil Troy provides a clear reply here

“Zionism is the national liberation movement of the Jewish people. Its fundamental assumptions are that the Jews are a people not just a community of faith, and that Israel is the Jewish national homeland. Having established the state of Israel in 1948, the modern Zionist movement is now dedicated to protecting and perfecting the state. Perfecting the state is about an aspirational Zionism, a values-based Zionism, an inspiring Identity Zionism, not just a defensive Zionism. It moves Zionism away from “Israel advocacy” which is mostly about preservation, toward a more expansive conversation about seeking fulfillment. Given that understanding of Zionism, American Jews should embrace Zionism as enthusiastically as Australian Jews too.”

Here are some previous blog pieces here and here that discuss evolution of thinking regarding Zionism since the formation of the State of Israel.

An excerpt from the latter “2004 saw the Executive of the World Zionist Organisation elevate the nature of the Jewish State in religious terms. It referred to the “historic homeland Eretz Yisrael”; emphasised the importance of Jerusalem both as Israel’s capital and for the Jewish nation; reiterated Israel’s determination to be a democratic society, and a just and moral one with a spiritual dimension; that the State of Israel should be the vehicle for Jewish continuity wherever Jews may be located; and declared one of Israel’s role to be that of fighting anti-Semitism around the world.”

I also like this statement by one individual:

“Every Jew has to decide for themselves if they are a Zionist. If you believe that the Jews are a people, and support the right of the Jews to a national home, and you are willing to stand up for that right when it is challenged, then you can call yourself a Zionist, whether or not you belong to any organized Zionist group or accept any “official” definition of Zionism, and whether or not you live in Israel or plan to live in Israel.”

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