I honestly don’t feel myself motivated by Jewish suffering so much as by what the Children of Israel have collectively aspired to for thousands of years.
So while many Zionists often relate to the Jewish people as an object with a problem (anti-Semitism, assimilation, persecution, etc.), I relate to my people as a subject with desires. And I’m proud to live a life very much inspired by those desires and dedicated to their realization.
Yehuda Hakohen, “A Tale of Two Narratives”, JPost (21 July 2014) [http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Columnists/A-tale-of-two-narratives-368368]