It is no fairy tale-Israel at 50

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This article suggests that Israel, just celebrating its jubilee, represents the success of the Zionist revolution: casting Jewish national identity in the mold of Hebrew culture. The article discusses some of the main features of the cultural construction of Hebrew identity as a nation-building measure. It also elaborates on the emergence of a 'new Israel' as an aspect of the end of the foundation phase of the Zionist revolution. Further, the article maintains that the most prominent accomplishment of the Zionist revolution has been the transformation of Zionism from ideology into a self-evident and even obvious aspect of everyday life in Israel.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-147
Number of pages17
JournalPolitical Geography
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1999


  • Hebrew culture
  • Identity
  • Israel
  • Jubilee
  • Nation-building
  • Zionist revolution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science


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