Rich Cohen: The Diaspora and Israel

Conversations with History - Rich Cohen

Rich Cohen; Contributing editor at Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone

Harry Kreisler welcomes Rich Cohen, contributing editor at Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone, to discuss his book "Israel is Real." Cohen explores the changing conception of a homeland for Jews in the Diaspora, the theme of his new book, and explains how Jews turned the loss of the real Zion to a focus on an ideal Zion that would be realized in an unknown future. He traces the rise of the Zionist movement and the ways in which the establishment of the State of Israel created tension between Jews for whom Zion was a virtual vision and Jews in Israel for whom Zion had become a real state with concerns for security and land.

Key Words: Writers, Israel, Zionism
Rich Cohen
Publication date: 
November 1, 2009
Publication type: 
Conversations with History