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‘The Jewish Question’ Revisited

By Alana Newhouse

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“Some commentators believe that ‘the Jewish Question’ that has been buzzing around in the West for some three centuries — the question of how this ancient people, the Jews, should fit into a modern political order — should be reopened,” writes Gadi Taub in a review of four new books in the Chronicle of Higher Education. “National self-determination for Jews in a state of their own, such critics say, can no longer be part of a morally acceptable answer. That is a telling development. As in the past, Western attitudes to the ‘Jewish Question’ are reliable indications of larger political moods and of the shifting meanings of political concepts.”

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shriber Tue. Aug 7, 2007

One of the books revied in the article is by Joel Kovel who is a "Jew" in name only. I wouldn't consider him even a secular Jews. The man is a Satlinist like Socialist and is not part of the Jewish people. Besides who elected him to speak for the Jewish people. He certianly doesn't speak for me. The Jewish question has never gone away this is why we need a Jewish State. As long as the Jewish people are thought of as a question mark someone will always come around with a plan to erase that question along with the Jewish people. Finally, as the reviewer rightly said: "The liberal assault on nationalism is also beginning to look like an assault on the principle of government with the consent of the governed. That is worrisome, because liberalism without democracy is likely to be just as unsustainable as democracy without liberty." Gadi Taub The desire to erase Israel is a desire to erase the nation State. I would ask all those think that way to first erase their own nation. When all the nations of the world are no more then I will think about Israel's viability as a State. Till then I don't trust international institutions to defend any people much less the Jewish people. Their record in Bosnia, Rwanda, Sudan and elsewhere doesn't give one much confidence in international law.




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