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Fathom Highlight | Imagining Israel: The Zionism of Ze'ev Jabotinsky and George Eliot / 18 June / 2019

Our Fathom Highlight this week features Yisrael Medad’s examination of Ze’ev Jabotinsky’s 1906 pamphlet The Bund and Zionism as a depiction of the struggle between the Zionist and Bundist movements for the hearts and minds of the Jewish people. Philip Earl Steele examines the influence of George Eliot’s 1876 novel Daniel Deronda on the first Zionist movement and locates it within the wider ninetieth century British Christian Zionism movement. And Jacob Eriksson reviews Joel Peters and Rob Pinfold’s (eds.) Understanding Israel: political, societal and security challenges, which examines contemporary Israeli politics and the external and internal challenges, opportunities and issues that Israel faces.

Our Voice of the Week is a short take on the annual Tel-Aviv Pride Parade, where hundreds of thousands of people from Israel and around the world will celebrate one of the largest parades in the world.

Our Image of the Week is people marking the end of Gay Pride Week by participating at the annual Pride Parade in Tel Aviv, 14 June 2019.

Reflections on Jabotinsky’s 1906 pamphlet ‘The Bund and Zionism’

by Yisrael Medad

Yisrael Medad is deputy editor of the forthcoming critical English-language edition of the writings of the revisionist Zionist Ze’ev Jabotinsky, and is Research Fellow at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem. In this essay, he examines Jabotinsky’s 1906 pamphlet ‘The Bund and Zionism’ as a window on the historic battle between Zionists and Bundists for the soul of the Jewish people. Medad also stresses the contemporary relevance of the pamphlet at a time when there are signs of a...

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British Christian Zionism (Part 1): George Eliot’s Daniel Deronda
by Philip Earl Steele

The impact of George Eliot’s 1876 novel Daniel Deronda was central to the coalescence of the first Zionist movement, Hovevei Zion, in the early 1880s....

Book Review | Understanding Israel: political, societal and security challenges
by Jacob Eriksson

Israel represents a collection of seeming contradictions. Though Theodor Herzl’s vision was a thoroughly secular one and the state was founded by secular socialist leaders,...

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