REPRINTS FROM THE JERUSALEM POST; BY GOL KALEV, JANUARY 31, 2020
AB Yehoshua. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)
Responding to Malach’s analysis that shows how Jewish nationalism was always core to Judaism itself, famed Israeli author AB Yehoshua argued that the linkage with the Jewish religion has been detrimental to Jewish nationalism, and that it has downgraded the “homeland gene,” which according to Yehoshua is the basis of every nationality. A nation should be based on territory, and not on religion, he argued.
But Yehoshua’s argument fails both historical and contemporary realities.
Historically, nearly all nations that existed during the Greek and Roman invasions of the Middle East have vanished. This, to a great part, is because they were over-connected to a territory. Once the territory was gone, the national ethos was too weak to keep it as a distinct group in exile or under occupation. After a few generations, those nations evaporated.
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