Hazony exposes the influence of post-Jewish ideals on Israel's culture and politics -- examining Israeli academia and literature, as well as the media, the legal system, the armed forces and the foreign policy establishment. He then uncovers the roots of the current revolution with his own impassioned interpretation of Israeli history. He recounts, for example, the little-known story of how Martin Buber, Gershom Scholem, Hannah Arendt and other German-Jewish intellectuals bitterly fought against the founding of Israel, and later helped turn the Hebrew University into a base for deposing David Ben-Gurion and discrediting his conception of Israel as the Jewish state.
Hazony poses hard questions: Where did the idea of this "New Israel" come from? How deep do post-Zionism's influences run? And most importantly, what are the implications -- for Jews and non-Jews in Israel and around the world -- of an Israel that may one day cease to see itself as the Jewish state? An indispensable roadmap to the "post-Zionist" revolution in Israel, The Jewish State is a must-read for anyone concerned with Israel's present and future.