by Amos Yadlin and Uri Sadot, Ha’aretz.com, via inss.org.il, via mosaicmagazine.com, Nov. 30, 2014
In a recent editorial, a former head of Israel’s national intelligence agency proclaimed: “For the first time, I fear for the future of Zionism.” Such fears are wildly exaggerated, argueAmos Yadlin and Uri Sadot:
Zionism has always been faced with grave challenges, but are the threats it now faces greater than those we overcame for nearly a century? Not at all. In fact, Israel, by most accounts, is more secure and prosperous now than ever in its history. The calculus is simple. Israel wields the strongest military power in the extended Middle East; the economy is on a steady rise and rich with gas reserves; our demography is healthy; our people are some of the happiest in the world, and our society, as exemplified this summer, is close-knit and resilient in times of trial. As further evidence, in 2013, 19,200 new immigrants, or olim, decided to relocate their homes to Israel, demonstrating that Zionism is not at all on the decline.