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The Settlers: And the Struggle over the Meaning of Zionism

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The controversy over settlements in the occupied territories is a far more intractable problem for Israel than is widely perceived, Gadi Taub observes in this illuminating book. The clash over settlement is no mere policy disagreement, he maintains, but rather a struggle over the very meaning of Zionism. The book presents an absorbing study of religious settlers’ ideology ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published August 31st 2010 by Yale University Press (first published January 1st 2007)
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I should warn you that this review will probably bore you (as this book would) if you're not interested in Israeli politics and religious vs. secular Zionism. I am, so I found it pretty fascinating.

I always thought of myself as a religious Zionist, although my understanding of the term before I lived in Israel was somewhat limited. This book served to further complicate my understanding of religious Zionism. It explained religious Zionism's roots in the philosophy of Rav Avraham Yitzchak Kook, t
Matt Westbrook
Thoroughly researched, a sensitively interpreted subject-matter, and well-written, Gadi Taub takes you deep into the mind of religious Zionists. This is a deeply informed book and there is much to learn in it: about the struggle for identity in Israel and by Israelis of various ethnicities; about Israel's place in the collective of nations in the eyes of detractors, supporters, and then seen by careful analysis rather than polemic; and about the thought process of the settlers, themselves. The c ...more
Fascinating, because I have never read a detailed account about the different types of settlers and their differing political/historical/religious ideology. I found this book to be extremely difficult to read though, and best attempted only by someone with a serious interest the subject and many other related books read under their belt.
Jul 05, 2011 Wendy marked it as wish-list
Recommends it for: Anne, Ghada, Marieke and others in Middle East group who are interested
Thank you to Anne, Ghada and others in the Middle East group for the great discussions around this topic. I am hoping that this book will help me understand the history of the Zionist movement, etc.
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טאוב למד בבית הספר התיכון שליד האוניברסיטה בירושלים. בצעירותו, הגיש בערוץ הראשון את רצועת תכניות הילדים וכן מספר תכניות בגלי צה"ל, בהן "ציפורי לילה". למד לתואר ראשון ושני בהיסטוריה באוניברסיטת תל אביב, ולתואר דוקטור באוניברסיטת רטגרס בניו ג'רזי. עבודת הדוקטורט שלו עוסקת בהגותו של הפילוסוף האמריקני ריצ'רד רורטי.
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