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Israel's neurotic state

In Search of Israel. The History of an Idea
14. May this year marks the 70 anniversary of the proclamation of the State of Israel. Historian Michael Brenner takes a closer look at the complex and, in part, contradictory basis of its existence.

The two-state solution, which in many people's opinion is the only way out of the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians, came first on the table in the middle of the 1930s. And it did not come as a planned strategy, but as an action necessitated by the circumstances.

When Israel this month marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the state – and the Palestinians can look back on 70 years as refugees – it is natural to look back, and then the long and crooked development to this day appears as something of a wanderlust. The ideological basis of the Jewish nation-state is Zionism, but this is far from being an unambiguous movement with one. . .

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Hans Henrik Fafner
Fafner is a regular critic in Ny Tid. Residing in Tel Aviv.

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