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New Left Review 62, March-April 2010


ZEEV STERNHELL

IN DEFENCE OFLIBERAL ZIONISM

To begin with, there are two observations to be made. First, the reader should be warned that this review of Gabriel Piterberg’s The Returns of Zionism, a work by a convinced anti-Zionist, has been written by a Zionist who is no less sure of himself. [1] Gabriel Piterberg, The Returns of Zionism: Myths, Politics and Scholarship in Israel, London and New York 2008. Henceforth rz. I have done my best to read Piterberg’s book with objectivity and an open mind, but if this review had been written by one of the anti-Zionist writers quoted at length by Piterberg, it would clearly have been very different. Secondly, I should make clear that whatever reservations and criticisms I may have, Piterberg’s book is one of the most interesting works on Zionism by a militant anti-Zionist that I have read for a long time.

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