Shlomo Avineri teaches political science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities. He is the former director-general of the Israeli Foreign Ministry in the Rabin government. He is the author of The Making of Modern Zionism, which has recently been reissued with a new epilogue, focusing on post-1967 developments.
Zionism has long based its claim to sovereignty on the universal right to national self-determination, and the phrase “like all other nations” has been incorporated into Israel’s Declaration of Independence, yet the goal of “normalization” has proven to be much more complicated than most early Zionists had thought.
The surprising source for Heine’s prophetic remark that “where they have burned books, they will end up burning people” is a play about the fate of Muslims in Christian Spain.
When the Soviet official asked me about the second book I was carrying, I said rather nonchalantly that this was my Hebrew translation of Karl Marx’s Early Writings, which I was going to give to my hosts.
Secretary of State John Kerry's attempt to get Israel and the Palestinians to a final status agreement was never going to work. What will?
How a small, marginal community of Moravian Jews grappled with the challenges modernization and secularization brought to European Jewry.
A nugget of philosophical diplomacy.
A bad novel, but an important and prescient book.
Some revolutionary quotations from Marx and the People's Republic of China.
Since January of this year, revolution has spread across North Africa and the Middle East with such velocity that predicting exactly what will happen next is probably a fool's errand. In this issue, we have asked seven writers to return to their bookshelves and tell us what books, authors, and arguments they find helpful in thinking through the causes and implications of these surprising events.
A mysterious memoir of planes, Marx, and minyans.
Why the realists are being unrealistic about American power in the Middle East.