Omri Boehm is an associate professor of philosophy at the New School for Social Research. He is the author of The Binding of Isaac: A Religious Model of Disobedience (2007), Kant’s Critique of Spinoza (2014), and the forthcoming New York Review Books title A Future for Israel. (June 2020)

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After Liberal Zionism, the One Hope for a Democratic Israel

Leader of the Arab-Israeli Joint List parliamentary group Ayman Odeh attending a protest outside the Knesset in Jerusalem, Israel, March 23, 2020

People like my father, a lifelong leftist Zionist, an officer in the Israel Defense Forces in reserve, and the son of Holocaust survivors, have been forced to rethink their shrinking electoral options. In the March elections, an unprecedented number of such Jewish voters turned their backs on Meretz, the last bastion of Zionist two-state supporters, and gave their votes to the Joint List. For many of them, this was a crossing of the Rubicon. Having identified as Zionists their whole lives, they had never imagined casting a vote for a non-Zionist Arab party.