Assignment II – Modern ME – Fall 2015
Essay based on readings:
According to the Shlaim reading, immediately after the Basel Congress (the first Zionist Congress) the Rabbis sent two of their own on a fact finding mission to Ottoman Palestine, what did they cable back to the Congress? This brief telegram tends to reinforce the idea that a major element of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is in the simplest term a conflict over what?
Who was Zeev Jabotinsky? Did his vision of the “Jewish State” allow for partition of mandate Palestine? How did he advocate dealing with the Palestinian population? Answering this requires you to explain the policy of the “Iron Wall.” In what way does Shlaim argue that the modern revisionist Zionists misinterpret the iron wall policy? In the end though, this also boils the conflict down to an issue over controlling what?
Using Gorenberg explain how American Christian millenarian expectations lead Christian Millenarians in the US to support Israel unquestionably and alter what is basically a land dispute into a struggle for prophecy fulfillment? How does the story of Melody the cow, fit into this story of prophecy? What is the role of the red heifer in this prophecy fulfillment scenario? What has this led some Christian literalists such as Lott or Garner to do?
In a few sentences explain what new information you gleaned from these reading and what you might have found interesting, puzzling, or the like.
Read the prompt very carefully. If you do, there should be nothing hidden from you. In fact the argument inherent to this prompt is quite simple and in front of you. You can answer these prompts in the order you think best suits your narrative. If anything is unclear, be sure to contact me. You can email, call during office hours, or come by for a visit during those same hours or by appointment. I am happy to help. Just do not leave to last minute if you need help.
You have a page limit of 3-4 pages for this essay
Use 12 pt, double space and normal margins (1 inch)
Please use footnotes and the Chicago Manual of Style citation format. Do not use end notes. Work referenced page unnecessary if footnotes done properly.
For those of you unfamiliar with footnotes and Chicago Manual of Style referencing, there are endless simple resources online. I am assuming you all know how to footnote, but if not please do a google search and you should find plenty of guides. Contact me if you have any difficulties.
Use only readings (no outside sources) to answer question.
Recall this is about addressing the readings and the arguments therein.
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