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22 Israel-Diaspora Relations: “Transmission Driving-belts” of Transnationalism

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One important factor that contributes to counterbalancing this multisided divisiveness is the fact that, curiously enough, we find among Jews everywhere forces active in many Jewish populations fighting for status and predominance within the Jewish world as a whole. To return now to the different perspectives on Israel-Diaspora relations, we may say that despite the mitzvah of solidarity, the cultural, social, and even political, distances are still too substantial to validate the notion of Israel as the sole center of the Jewish world. What appears to be the case is that this disparate Jewish world, composed of multiple diasporas and one multicultural homeland, does not have a center at all. Transnationalism, in this case, consists of feelings of allegiances and closeness crosscutting boundaries, that give shape to a changing entity where divergent and convergent horizons conjunctively fuel feelings of belonging to the same "whole".

Keywords: Israel-Diaspora relations; Jewish world; mitzvah of solidarity; multicultural homeland; notion of Israel; transnationalism

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