The Zionist movement did not wish merely to bring Jews to Israel, it attempted to create a culture to go along with it, creating in the Soviet model, a "New Jew" unstained and untainted by the humiliation of the ghetto and the persecution of the Christians and Moslems. This originally was to be combined with the ideas of socialism and equality, and in building the society that became Israel, many innovations in how people interacted with each other were tried and used to some success. The most famous of all of these turned out to be the kibbutz, the collective farming system that sought not merely to turn out farmers with excellent yields and crops, but intellectuals as well.
Many of the youth for many years who ran the country came from kibbutzim and issues of wealth were not the primary ones in their minds. But power corrupts and over time, the power to borrow money backed by the state allowed for bad judgment to replace good judgment, and for ineffective ideas to replace effective ones.
Eventually those who created this culture abandoned it entirely, attempting instead to import everything to this nation and spurning the native Israeli culture, even the secular Israeli culture that had grown up here in the fifties and sixties. Today, secular Israeli culture is a pale imitiation of European and American culture. And it is failing us. We are left with inequality, a terrible competitiveness, no sense of fair play, corruption and crookedeness wherever we turn - and falafel.
I assert here a concept that is becoming all too self-evident to anyone with eyes to see and ears to hear:
The State of Israel is not the final goal of Jewish destiny. It is a station on the way. Zionism is not the final set of beliefs or the dream of our people. It is a tool to accomplish a goal. In order to accomplish the Redemption promised, which is the goal, this State must be transformed and Zionism must move aside.
We can see the government of the State of Israel destroying the Zionist dream, even as it mouths words to the opposite. The use of the term "Palestinian" to describe the resident Arabs and presuming that they have a right to live here equal with ours, the recognition of a "Palestinian Authority", allowing this “Palestinian” Authority to impose a death sentence for the sale of land to a Jew, allowing and abetting a campaign of demonization against those Jews who live in liberated Judea and Samaria, eliminating Zionism from the education curriculum, allowing the expulsion of Jews from Jewish holy sites like Kéver Yoséf (the Tomb of Joseph) and the expulsion of Jews from Gush Katif and plans for further expulsions, all fit into a pattern of self destruction that began in 1992.