Understanding Zionism’s Past, and Its Future

Sept. 26 2018

In 1959, the American rabbi and historian Arthur Hertzberg published The Zionist Idea, an anthology of major essays in Zionist thought spanning an era from before Theodor Herzl through the founding of the state of Israel. The book has been an invaluable resource for students and teachers for decades, but it is not without its flaws. In welcoming Gil Troy’s The Zionist Ideas (plural), meant to be a revised and updated version of Hertzberg’s work, Allan Arkush finds it has its own virtues and drawbacks:

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More about: Arthur Hertzberg, History & Ideas, Israel & Zionism, Vladimir Jabotinsky, Yehuda Leib Gordon, Yossi Klein Halevi

Hizballah Bears Responsibility for the Beirut Blast

According to the Lebanese government, the explosion in its capital city on Tuesday that left over 100 dead and many more injured or homeless was caused by the accidental detonation of some 2,750 of ammonium nitrate, a fertilizer often used for making bombs. (Less than one-thousandth of that amount was used by Timothy McVeigh to destroy the Oklahoma City federal building in 1995.) Previously, police have discovered Hizballah warehouses in London and Germany storing many tons of the same explosive. Hussein Ibish comments:

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More about: Hizballah, Lebanon