ZIONISM AS A RELUCTANT NATIONALISMRoger Simon points to ZIONISM AS A RELUCTANT NATIONALISM
This is indeed a good post. Clear, concise, and to the point. Summary highlight:
Zionism is not a continuation of classical nationalism: it is already a defensive reaction to it, its consequence, and also a historical novelty the trouble of which, a trouble that still makes it widely misunderstood, is that, due to Herzl’s prescience, in a way, it arrived not too late, but, if anything, rather too early.
Given in a single sentence this is a bit hard to swallow. The overall article lays out strong reasons for how Zionism was a very different nationalistic movement that those of the European countries Jews lived in. However, I do not wish to reproduce the whole article here -- click on the link to read it all.