Since the birth of Zionism in the 19th century, and from the moment this ideology first took effect, Israel has been at war. Especially because war is an all- consuming experience for any society, it is what still shapes the identity of Israelis. This essay provides insights into how the history of Jews continues to shape the political views of Israelis nowadays and creates a feeling of unsafety and explains which consequences this feeling paired with the experience of war has for Israeli society as well as for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Finally, the author outlines why a two-state solution needs to be a top security priority and draws conclusions for a successful future agreement.
Heinrich Böll Stiftung Tel Aviv
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