No Trinity: The tripartite relations between Agudat Yisrael, the Mizrahi movement, and the Zionist Organization

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This article investigates the dynamics between the two major Orthodox political movements of the twentieth century-the religious Zionist movement Mizrahi and its non-Zionist opponent Agudat Yisrael-in the context of their tripartite relationship with the Zionist Organization. Due to its increased involvement in Palestinian affairs, the Agudah entered negotiations with the Zionists in the mid-1920s. These negotiations and the possibility of cooperation between Agudat Yisrael and the Zionist Organization threatened the position of the religious Zionists within the ZO. The resulting competition between the two Orthodox groups led to the refinement of party platforms and the crystallization of independent political camps.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-140
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Israeli History
Issue number2
StatePublished - 3 Jul 2015
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
I would like to thank Michael Stanislawski and Derek Penslar for their extensive comments on my PhD dissertation, on which this article is based, and their sustained support throughout the period of my research. I would also like to thank the anonymous reviewers of this journal for many helpful comments and suggestions for improving the original draft. The research for this article was made possible through the generous support of the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, the German National Academic Foundation, the Leo Baeck Institute in London, and the Minerva Foundation of the Max Planck Society.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2015 Taylor and Francis.


  • Agudat Yisrael
  • Mizrahi
  • Palestine
  • Zionist Organization
  • partition plan

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Political Science and International Relations


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