“Zionism was a conjuring act. “They escaped to Palestine,” Hannah Arendt wrote of the early Zionists, “as one might wish to escape to the moon.” Zionism always involved a form of “insubordination” against reality and the demands of reason. “The politics of peoples,” declared Arthur Ruppin in 1936, resigning from the organization Brit Shalom, which struggled to preserve relations with the Arabs, “are not determined by rational considerations but by their instinctive drives.”” – it is because Israel silences dissent that it has most to fear. But there is another strand to Zionism to be found in writers like Martin Buber, Arendt, Hans Kohn, and Ahad Ha’am that provides the profoundest analysis of these dangers, dangers which—it is my argument in this chapter—have to be understood as much in psychic as in political terms. ..Dissenters were articulate, vocal, throughout the crucial period leading up to the formation of the nation, although inside Israel their voices have been mostly silenced since. Arendt’s ideas, writes Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin, “became irrelevant when what she foresaw came to be real”; they were deemed “unrealistic” in proportion as “reality” proved her correct. 

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