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Raison d'État
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The Hebrew word mamlakhtiyut (approx.: acting in accordance with the requirements of the state, raison d’état, reason of state) was coined by David Ben-Gurion (1886–1973) and applies to the conditions of the functionality of a sovereign state, its modus operandi, and the civic consciousness of its citizens. The concept of polity linked to this term dominated the political debates in the Yishuv during the 1930s and during the early years of the State of Israel. …

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Kedar, Nir, “Raison d'État”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017. Consulted online on 29 November 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0830>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20221116

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