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A Mediterranean Bridge Over Troubled Water. Cultural Ideas On How To Reconcile Israel With Its Neighbours And With Europe

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A comparison between Jewish centers would show that their constitution depended on a set of previous conditions. The national identity they produced has been plunged into a vacuum and confusion. Their identity has been built onto the national identities and one of their efforts has been to maintain a symbolical equilibrium: to balance their link with a Jewish people on their loyalty to their nation state. There were no empires during history without an emperor and a dynasty, a sacrosanct figure, who, by his charisma, was able to unify a chaos of peoples and languages. When Zionism was born it was to find a solution for the Jewish people which did not find a place in the modern political order after being excluded for religious reasons under the Ancien Régime.

Keywords:European Jewry; Zionism

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