The story of Israel and Zionism has been hijacked, disfigured, and trampled upon. It has been deliberately replaced by a story about sinister ideologies and evil motivations. When this tale of evil becomes the reigning story, peace becomes ever less possible, since evil is not to be negotiated with, but eradicated. If peace is ever to be made, the story of Israel and Zionism is to be told anew. In this second volume of her recent essays, Dr. Einat Wilf demonstrates how the true telling of the story of Israel and Zionism opens the path to peace with the Palestinians and the entire Arab and Muslim world.
Zionism has a story to tell that is not only about Jews or for Jews. Zionism has a story to tell that, when properly understood, has the power to inspire people and peoples to great acts of daring and sacrifice. Zionism tells a simple story: Victimhood is not destiny. A history of marginalization, humiliation, discrimination, persecution, massacres, and even genocide can be transcended. A people, no matter how downtrodden, can find within themselves the power to change their future.
Should Zionists and feminists publicly identify themselves as such, or have the labels become too harmful to the causes? In this op-ed published in the Jerusalem Post, Dr. Wilf suggests that if Zionists and feminists retreat from using “Zionist” and “feminist” to describe their principles, then the great strides made by both movements will be in danger.
Dr. Wilf grew up as a member of the Israeli left who believed that when the Palestinians would have their own sovereign state, Israel would finally live in peace. But like many Israelis of the left, she lost the certainty that she once had. This essay in Al Monitor reveals Dr. Wilf’s new vision for peace.