by Gail Hareven

Right and Left: The Petrifaction of Israeli Society

Israeli society may be the only society in the world that keeps asking itself: “Who are we?” “What is Israeli identity?” “Are we still Jews/Zionists?” “Do we have a culture?” Left-wing and Right-wing supply a sense of identity, a superficial awareness of tribal belonging and a class consciousness. Identification with one of the two camps is our substitute for political thinking. As such, division of society into Left and Right prevents us from asking new questions, indicating new goals, and responding to changes in reality.

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