Zionism is ultimately the idea that God has promised land, and that it’s ones sacred duty to either take or preserve it. It could perhaps be likened to the African beliefs about tribal territory. They believed not that the land was theirs, but that it belonged to the spirits including the spirits of their ancestors, and would keep their ancestral grounds as an act of filial piety. Zionism is a system that gets adherents. It is basically all it does. Then the adherents behave strangely, viciously. It‘s an interesting veneer really.
“One of the dreams of Zionism was to be a bridge. Instead, we are creating exclusion between the East and the West instead of creating bridges; we are contributing to the conflict between East and West by our stupid desire to have more.” A. B. Yehoshua
“While we all could agree that the Zionist ideal is alive and well, there is serious doubt whether the Zionist movement can be said to be an ongoing proposition, fragmented as its components are in ideology and in practice.” Theodore Bikel