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“Many Israelis believe that while this rift between Israel and diaspora Jewry is unfortunate, it is also inevitable”

Many Israelis believe that while this rift between Israel and diaspora Jewry is unfortunate, it is also inevitable. Classical Zionism holds the view that non-Orthodox diaspora Jews are likely to intermarry and assimilate, that anti-Semitism will inevitably drive most other Jews to Israel and that ultimately the only viable Jewish future is in Israel. Many Israelis view Zionism as a revolution, a disengaging from the legacy of diaspora in favor of a new Hebrew civilization.

Gidi Grinstein, “Drifting Apart, Coming Together”, Israel Now: A Special Supplement to the Jewish Week (29 May 2015), 20-21.