"The core condition of Zionism is the understanding that Jews are unsafe in western societies."
My RSS reader shows that this was originally a little harsher:
"The essence of Zionism is the belief that Jews are unsafe in western societies."
Weiss goes on to point out that Jeffrey Goldberg fled the United States to Israel because of all the anti-Semitism he was experiencing, a fact which pretty much proves what we've always thought, that Jeffrey Goldberg is insane!
Anyway, Weiss' error about Zionism is instructive about the nature of lite Zionism. Zionism is simply another late 19th century ethnic nationalism, based, as always, on the supremacy of some master race. It has nothing whatsoever to do with safety. The urban intellectuals who formulated Zionism came up with it decades before the holocaust against the Jews, and at a time when anti-Semitism was on the obvious wane - not that it wouldn't continue to flare up, particularly in rural areas - and a new class of Jewish financial and intellectual leaders was starting to come into prominence. Zionism didn't come out of a feeling of weakness, just the opposite: it came out of a feeling of rapidly growing power. It is not a surprise that Zionism is reaching its obvious tragic conclusion in another era of Jewish power.
Why is there such an animus in Jews against the Palestinians? Why are the checkpoint soldiers so cruel? Why does Israel stoop to committing every single war crime imaginable? Why do a few mostly harmless rockets produce such unimaginable rage? It isn't fear. It is the fact that the continued existence of the Palestinians, their failure to capitulate, is an insult to the Master Race, a failure to acknowledge the superiority of the Jews.
The Weiss schtick is that Zionism was a defensive intellectual framework, formerly necessary, but no longer so due to the power of Jews in American society. But Zionism was never really defensive, and has always been in essence offensive, creating a base for the Master Race. The Master Race wasn't threatened by Gentiles, it was offended to have to live amongst such inferiors, and particularly insulted to have to live under the rule of inferiors. The failure of the Zionists - lite or hard core - to really understand the nature of Zionism is built right into the nature of supremacism. It is why Jews won't solve this problem.