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From Herzl to Rabin: The Changing Image of Zionism

Amnon Rubinstein
From Herzl to Rabin: The Changing Image of Zionism
ISBN: 978-0-8419-1408-7
2000/283 pages
Distributed for Holmes & Meier Publishers

"A skillful navigation through turbulent waters."—Kirkus Review

"[This] is one off the finest analyses of the fault lines and stress fractures that have beset Israeli society."—Chicago Jewish Star Magazine

"An important history of Zionism as well as a warning that the Jewish state is caught up in an internal struggle between those who seek peace with the Palestinians and those opposed to the formula of 'land for peace.'"—Choice


Amnon Rubinstein traces the history of the Israeli state, and of Zionism, moving deftly between the roles of objective historian and persuasive politician.


Amnon Rubinstein is professor of law at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. Renowned for such publications as Constitutional Law and the State of Israel and Israel and the Family of Nations, he also founded Israel's Shinui Party in 1974 and served in the Knesset for 25 years (1977-2001).


  • Introduction: Basel and Jerusalem.
  • Zionism and the Quest for New Jewish Identity.
  • The Meaning of Normalization.
  • Religious Versus Secular Tensions.
  • Can Israel Be Part of the Middle East?
  • The Holocaust and the Struggle for Israel's Independence.
  • From the Six-Day War to Oslo.
  • Toward Rabin's Assassination.
  • No More Sabras.
  • Post-Zionism and Anti-Zionism.
  • A Home—Not a Temple.