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AMERICAN BOOKS ON ISRAEL AND ZIONISM
1954-1955
By
S
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HIS annotated bibliography of recent American publications
on Israel and Zionism, covering the period from May, 1954,
to June, 1955, includes no more than eighteen books. However, in
comparison with the thirty-four volumes for the two years,
1952-54, the year’s production shows a slight increase.
This may be regarded as evidence that the State of Israel, and
with it the Zionist movement
per se
, have passed the stage of
theoretical and controversial issues and have become matter of
fact elements of world public opinion. This growing stability may
also account for the publication of more definitive and standard
works.
The subject matter indicates that, regardless of the sensitive
status of the seven-year old Jewish State, its fluctuating political
and economic affairs, the unresolved Arab conflict with the
Egyptian border clashes and pro and con decisions by United
Nations Commissions, Israel is another factor in the tense East-
West struggle. Most of the works testify that the young republic
of Israel has taken root not only as a sovereign nation
de jure
, but
as a bastion of western democracy surrounded by Middle East
feudal states.
Israel’s emergence into full independence — internal and ex-
ternal — is reflected in these published works. They point to the
steady progress of the Jewish State, whose economic security is
being bolstered by Jewish communities in the free world, as well as
the slow but sure formulation and adjustment of a Zionist policy
aimed at integration of Jewish life in the Diaspora with Israel’s
spiritual reservoir. This trend is also found in recent volumes
published in England.
There has been the usual output of juvenile and educational
material in pamphlet form, issued by the respective Zionist parties,
cultural organizations, the Jewish Agency and the Jewish National
Fund of America.