Toward a More Balanced Analysis of Zionism

Steve Chase, in his Reflection “Recovering a Forgotten Zionist Vision for Peace?” in the April issue of Friends Journal, offers a flawed analysis of the history of Zionism. Chase inflates the importance of the so‐called “Spiritual” group of Zionists. In addition, he consults only authors who are notoriously anti‐Israeli, such as Noam Chomsky. (He should have consulted Walter Laqueur’s A History of Zionism, an evenhanded analysis accepted by most as the definitive history of this subject.) The history of Zionism is far more complicated than Chase allows. The leading critics of Zionism were Jews. Broadly🔒

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Allan Kohrman, a retired professor of history and English, is a member of Wellesley (Mass.) Meeting. His pamphlet Quakers and Jews is available from QuakerBooks of FGC.

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