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Varieties of Exceptionalism

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Israeli Exceptionalism
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In August 1897, the founders of Zionism proposed a novel plan for the “liberation” of a nation that did not yet exist. They called for the liberation of European Jews in Palestine, not in Europe.3 A colonial plan so ambitious, daring, even quixotic, would have to be defended by myths that could match the ambitions of the Zionists.

Israel is not another example of the species nation; it is the only example of the species Israel.

—Martin Buber

Only Israel lives in, and constitutes, God’s kingdom.

—Jacob Neusner

For me the supreme morality is that the Jewish people has a right to exist. Without that there is no morality in the world.

—Golda Meier, 19672

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Alam, M.S. (2009). Varieties of Exceptionalism. In: Israeli Exceptionalism. Palgrave Macmillan, New York. https://doi.org/10.1057/9780230101371_1

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