The idea of the nation-state is facing a decisive moment in its history, one which is of particular importance for the future of the Jewish state. Around the globe, the time of nations and national states is declared to have passed, and, it is said, the time has come for them to be supplanted by either sub-national bodies (reflecting diverse groups within the state) or supranational ones (such as the European Union). These new entities will not only assume many of the basic functions of government, but also seek the loyalty of citizens, at the expense of traditional national identities. While the sub-national and supranational approaches come from opposite directions (the first championed by the acolytes of post-modernism, the second by liberal idealists), the upshot of … (to read more)

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