|Description||Allan Arkush is Professor of Judaic Studies and History at the State University of New York at Binghamton. Educated at Cornell University, the Jewish Theological Seminary, and Brandeis University, he taught at the University of Texas at Dallas before moving to Binghamton in 1987. He is the author of Moses Mendelssohn and the Enlightenment and the translator of Mendelssohn’s Jerusalem as well as other important works of Jewish history and thought. His essays on modern Jewish thought and Zionism have appeared in Polity, the Review of Politics, Modern Judaism, Jewish Social Studies, Israel Studies and other journals. Since 2009, he has been the Senior Contributing Editor of the Jewish Review of Books, where his book reviews regularly appear.
The Jewish State: Redemption or Quagmire?
The Zionist movement’s success in creating a Jewish state has been, as Leo Strauss put it, a “blessing for all Jews everywhere.” Israel has restored the Jewish people’s dignity and rescued multitudes of Jews from oppression. But it has also brought with it intractable problems. Israel today confronts both deep internal divisions and grave external enemies. What sort of a future does it face?