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Zionism and Political Liberalism: The Right of Scattered Nations to Self-Determination

Yitzhak Benbaji

Abstract

This Article offers a defense of egalitarian Zionism that, unlike Chaim Gans’s argument for this view, does not appeal to the Jewish problem in justifying the Zionist requirement for a state with a dominant Jewish community. The argument extracts from the egalitarian principles that underlie John Rawls’s political liberalism, a conception of global justice according to which members of a scattered nation are entitled to a fair opportunity to establish a new state within which they enjoy the advantage of demographic dominance


* The Law Faculty, Tel Aviv University. I would like to thank Chaim Gans, Dana Gur, Ofer Malcai, David Miller, Alan Patten, Victor Tadros and, in particular, Arthur Ripstein, for helpful comments and discussions. Cite as: Yitzhak Benbaji, Zionism and Political Liberalism: The Right of Scattered Nations to Self-Determination, 21 Theoretical Inquiries L. 229 (2020).


Published Online: 2020-09-18
Published in Print: 2020-07-28

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