by Omri Boehm (Author)
A provocative argument for a new way of seeing Israel, Zionism, and the two-state solution.
Haifa Republic: A Democratic Future for Israel is a wake-up call to liberal Zionists. In the last two decades, Israeli politics has been changing rapidly, but Zionist thinking on the left is lagging dangerously behind. Given the demise of a viable two-state solution, the struggle for a worthwhile political future in Israel depends not on establishing borders but on securing human and citizen rights. Denying this is by now akin to denying global warming, and will lead to a catastrophe. Seventy years after Israel’s establishment, Palestinians are again verging on becoming the majority within Israel’s borders and Israeli leaders across the political spectrum can be heard speaking of ethnic cleansing. Ignoring reality will invite scenarios worse than apartheid.
Haifa Republic: A Democratic Future for Israel reclaims the vital center from Zionist chauvinism on the right and anti-Zionism on the left by articulating an alternative to two-state politics from within a liberal Zionist perspective. Omri Boehm argues that Israeli patriots must now challenge Zionist taboos as we have come to know them and dare to imagine the country’s transformation from a Jewish state into a federal, binational republic.