Born 1937, Tel Aviv; Ph.D. 1971, London
School of Economics and Political Science; Lect. 1971; Sen. Lect. 1979; Assoc. Prof. 1989.
International relations, 1870-1990. The
history of Zionism and the Yishuv. The history of the State of Israel. Zeev Jabotinsky and
the Revisionist movement.
Abstracts of Current Research:
From Holocaust to Statehood - the
emergence of the State of Israel, 1945-1949:
Research entails a comprehensive study
of the Zionist struggle for independence. The ideological and political struggle within
and among the Zionist political parties is seen as a key to the eventual success. An
examination is made of the consolidation of power as a basic conceptual framework, i.e.,
the assumption that the accumulation of manpower, strategic bases, through immigration and
settlement, the building of a military force, and of economic strength as the basic lever
of an international diplomatic and political campaign. The Holocaust survivors and the
lessons of the Holocaust were perceived as powerful instruments in this struggle. The
contribution of America and American Jewry is examined - the myth and the reality, as well
as the relative assistance of Soviet Russia, with its potential and limitations. Terrorism
is conceived as both obstacle and catalyst.
The focus of this book-length study is
the Yishuv, with special attention to Mapai, the leading Zionist party, and the other
working-class parties, such as the Ahdut Ha-Avoda movement and Ha-Shomer Ha-Tzair, which
contributed to the consolidation process. The decision making process of the Zionist
leadership, headed by David Ben-Gurion, will be examined systematically, particularly in
its ability to distinguish between the British as a short-term enemy and the Arabs as a
long-term enemy, and why the IZL (the Irgun) and Leài (the Stern Gang) failed to make
such a distinction.
Zeev Jabotinsky and the Revisionist
revolt against materialism:
This is a study of Jabotinsky's world
view and his attempt to build an alternative ideology to both Marxism and fascism. The
positivist aspect of his ideology and politics is explored.
Zeev Jabotinsky and the romanticism
of the myth of national liberation:
This study examines the place given by
the founder of Revisionist Zionism to political romanticism and to the myth of national
liberation in his world view.