By Professor David Ohana, David Maisel
We declare that Zionism as a meta-narrative has been shaped via contradiction to 2 substitute versions, the Canaanite and crusader narratives. those narratives are the main bold and heretical attacks on Israeli-Jewish identification, that is umbilically hooked up to Zionism. The Israelis, based on the Canaanite narrative, are from this position and belong in basic terms the following; in response to the crusader narrative, they're from one other position and belong there. at the one hand, the mythological building of Zionism as a latest campaign describes Israel as a Western colonial firm planted within the center of the East and alien to the world, its good judgment, and its peoples, whose finish needs to be degeneration and defeat. nonetheless, the nativist development of Israel as neo-Canaanism, which outlined the country in only geographical phrases as an imagined local group, calls for breaking clear of the chain of ancient continuity. these are the 2 maximum anxieties that Zionism and Israel had to come across and resolution forcefully. The Origins of Israeli Mythology seeks to check the highbrow archaeology of Israeli mythology, because it unearths itself during the Canaanite and crusader narratives.
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84 Introduction 29 What are the reasons for the crusader anxiety of the Israelis? The anxiety exists on several levels, the highest being that of security: the fear of the actual physical destruction of the state of Israel, a fear that was present in Israel’s wars with its Arab neighbors and is aroused by the present nuclear threat from Iran. The declared Arab threat of politicide (the destruction of the state), and on occasion of genocide, inevitably arouses an existential fear and an anxiety for the future.
The negative attitude was expressed in an a priori rejection of the eastern option. ”104 Was such an attitude of some of the thinkers of Zionism in its early stages an outstanding example of the orientalist thesis put forward by Edward Said? Were certain varieties of Zionist perception of the East an example of a paternalistic relationship of the West to the East, or, more precisely, to the area of the eastern Mediterranean? Here we have something much more complex than the outand-out European orientalism, because the East was seen not only as the site of the ancient history of the Jewish people, but also as the supreme object of the people’s return to itself according to its vision; but to the same degree that the East was seen as the cure for the national distress of the Jewish people and the insignia of its national identity, it represented the “other”; it was external to the Zionist Jew and was perceived as “there,” whether as a strange or even alien entity or as an object of insatiable longings.
Until the 1940s, the existence of the Jews along the coast did not result in territorial ambitions of annexing parts of the biblical heartland. After the conquest of the West Bank in the Six-Day War, on the part of those on the political right, there was a strengthening of the consciousness of settling the hills and the inner parts of the country, but the normative “coastal existence” remained as it was and became even stronger. One expects the Mediterranean idea to be important in the future, perhaps without any need to resurrect the past and reinvent it, through the sheer force of reality and through social and cultural circumstances.
The Origins of Israeli Mythology: Neither Canaanites Nor Crusaders by Professor David Ohana, David Maisel