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This course investigates and raises questions as to the historic success of Jewish nationalism (Zionism) in establishing the State of Israel. Multiple contradictions abound: Is the state Jewish, democratic or both? Is the state for all citizens or for the Jewish People worldwide? Secular or religious?This course investigates and raises questions as to the historic success of Jewish nationalism (Zionism) in establishing the State of Israel. Multiple contradictions abound: Is the state Jewish, democratic or both? Is the state for all citizens or for the Jewish People worldwide? Secular or religious?

Could the rising Jihadi activity led by Hamas, Hezbollah, Iran and others on its borders be the ultimate challenge even for the Israeli army?

Is conflict resolution possible with the Palestinians? A "two-state solution" with Israel living alongside a Palestinian State leads to virtually insurmountable security problems yet a "one-state solution" means a bi-national state and quite possibly an end to Jewish independence.

In short, will Israel survive as a Jewish and democratic state achieving peace and security with its neighbors?

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