My thanks to Lilly Rivlin for bringing this to my attention. An important scholarly tome on the legitimacy of Israel as a Jewish state is reviewed in the current issue of Middle East Quarterly. “Israel and the Family of Nations: The Jewish Nation-State and Human Rights” is written by Alexander Yakobson and Amnon Rubinstein. Both authors, especially Rubinstein, have had connections with Meretz. Rubinstein headed the pro-market dovish Shinui (“change”) party.
Shinui was part of the parliamentary alliance with Mapam and Ratz that emerged as Meretz in ’92. In 1997, Rubinstein led half of that party to merge into Meretz as a unified entity — as opposed to the half of Shinui led by the late Tommy Lapid, that briefly became Israel’s third largest party and a partner in Sharon’s coalition before crashing and burning. Both writers, while defending the concept of a Jewish state, are doves and human rights-oriented liberals who are sensitive to Arab and other minority rights.
Last year, this Weblog posted part of a lengthy article in The Jerusalem Post, based on an enlightening interview with co-author Alexander Yakobson. That piece is more detailed than the review mentioned here in MEQ.