Abstract This article describes the public discourse and debate in the early 1950s over the shaping of the new Israeli citizen. That discussion included the concept of “pioneering” (halutsiyut) as a leading tenet that would ensure citizenship not only as a set of entitlements but first and foremost as an obligation. Educators, public figures, adolescents and young adults, and Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion all tackled questions that dealt with various aspects of citizenship and the challenges of citizenship education. The debate centered on the question of the very possibility of creating a “pioneer-citizen.” The article examines the earliest criteria of good citizenship in Israel, which did not settle for the perfunctory duties of voting, paying taxes, and abiding by the law.
|Original language||English GB|
|Number of pages||29|
|Journal||Jewish Social Studies|
|State||Published - 2009|