Real Life, not â€œCounterlifeâ€
by Bernard Avishai Apr 2, 2012 1:13 PM EDT
It [Israel] was also a country whose Labor leaders, post-1948, had laid a neo-Zionist trap for their own democracy. Communities of scripture hawks, ultra-orthodox and immigrants with no deep commitment to democratic norms were overtaking the Zionist modernists I had taken for granted. The West Bank settlements, growing in the 1980s to 100,000 people, were the most dramatic proof of Israelâ€™s democraticÂ deficiencies. But so was its treatmentÂ of Israeli Arabs, or more precisely theÂ absenceÂ in Israel of the kind of liberal social contract that allowed all citizens, Jews and Arabs, to meet as equals in HebrewÂ civilÂ society.
Bernard Avishai is Adjunct Professor of Business at the Hebrew University, and Visiting Professor of Government at Dartmouth College. His new book, Promiscuous: Portnoyâ€™s Complaint and Our Doomed Pursuit of Happiness, will be published in May
Read the whole article. It's well worth it: Real Life, not â€œCounterlifeâ€ - The Daily Beast.