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By George W. Gawrych

In 1967, the Israeli safety Forces defeated the mixed armies of Egypt, Jordan, and Syria in a trifling six days. This notable army accomplishment might, in spite of the fact that, have the last word influence of constructing an albatross round the neck of the Israeli military, as Israelis could now anticipate the following traditional warfare with the Arabs to accomplish related effects: a short, decisive victory with particularly few casualties. even though Egyptian forces have been militarily not so good as these of Israel, President Anwar Sadat constructed a profitable restricted conflict technique designed to take advantage of this unrealistic expectation.

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116 As Aharon Megged, a leading Labor Zionist intellectual, wrote in the pages of Davar (the influential daily newspaper published by the Histadrut): “Every vacuum—as we have learned— must fill up. Gone is the socialist religion of work and its place is being taken by our father’s religion. Is this so bad? ”117 Although their cumulative impact was not immediate, all of these factors were at work from the 1950s onwards. But it was the Six Day War of 1967 that catalyzed the already ongoing Judaicization of nationalism and nationalization of Judaism in Israel.

How was the Jewish nation “imagined” by Zionists? What characteristics did they impute to it, and why? These are questions that go to the heart of the Zionist project of nation-building. They imply that this project was not dissimilar from that of other modern nationalisms, and that, contrary to its own self-depiction, the Zionist project did not just involve bringing about the “return” of the “Jewish nation” to its ancestral “homeland,” but also involved endowing these notions with new meaning and political force.

But with a Jewish state in existence that would serve as the protector and defender of world Jewry, the tragedy of the Holocaust would never happen again. Thus, the Holocaust became the fundamental legitimization for the Jewish state. This was clearly expressed in Israel’s Declaration of Independence, which stated that: “The Holocaust . . ”100 The Holocaust’s function in legitimizing the State of Israel led to the gradual erosion of the anti-Diaspora ethos that had prevailed in the Yishuv and the early years of the state.

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