This kind of common sense observation is increasingly newsworthy given the inability of so many of the cultured elites of Europe and America to understand the link between anti-Zionism & antisemitism. Recently in Germany (!), a court ruled that 3 arsonists who threw molotov cocktails at a synagogue there weren't acting out of antisemitism, but instead were protesting Israel. The arsonists were given suspended sentences along with stern warnings to avoid future criminal actions. Here's the story from the Times of Israel. The link between the synagogue and Israel is Jewish identity.
The State of Israel has been an essential part of the Jewish story since the end of World War II. Prior to the formal creation of the Jewish State in 1947, the modern history of the Jewish people was one of constant oppression, persecution and pograms that sought the subjugation and elimination of Jews. It was only with the advent of the modern State of Israel that Jews have known a semblance of existential security: that whatever might befall a particular Jewish person or group of Jewish people in a given nation, there is a home for the Jewish people, a Jewish State. A place where being a Jew does not mark one out for hatred, vilification and violence, but for belonging. As such a place, Israel is essential to the continued existence and safety of the Jewish people.
Lévy understands that, and even more, understands that the story of modern Israel is not simply a story about how Jews survive and thrive in a world where the toxic poison of antisemitism is alive and well. He also understands that the story of modern Israel is a story that has implications for all human beings, it is a universal story -- "one of the great human and political adventures of modern times," as Lévy puts it.
Israel today is a thriving, modern, tolerant, pluralistic and yet unmistakably Jewish society. In a region of the world full of repressive and brutal dictatorships, where religious liberty and personal freedom are largely unknown, Israel is a place where religious liberty and personal freedom thrive, not only for Jews, but for Druze, Christians, and Arab Muslims & B'hai alike, who live and work as equal citizens in the Jewish State. Lévy is right to characterize Israel not only as a great story of the Jewish people, but a great story of humanity. Mon Dieu et Dieu Merci!