To Understand Oneself: Does It Mean to Understand the Other?--Reflections

Gorny, Yosef
June 2013
Israel Studies;Summer2013, Vol. 18 Issue 2, p41
Academic Journal
The article looks at the political beliefs of Zionist leaders Ze'ev Jabotinsky and David Ben-Gurion. Particular focus is given to the role played by their understandings of the Palestinian nationalist movement in their proposed solutions to the Arab-Israeli conflict. According to the author, both men understood nationalism as a positive and rational concept which could serve as the basis for a compromise between Arabs and Jews. It is suggested that they were among the first leaders to recognize Palestinian resistance as a national movement. Details on their respective plans for a Jewish-Arab federative state are presented. Other topics include national autonomy, utopianism, and political representation.


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