American Jewish Attitudes Toward Israel

Daniel Gordis sees a paradox: “were the State of Israel to be vanquished, the vibrant American Jewish life that we now too easily take for granted would wither away within a generation”–and yet, American Jews increasingly have distanced themselves from Israel, any everyone seems to be ignoring the disconnect. (Jerusalem Post)

In an interview, Peter Beinart talks about the attitudes of younger, liberal American Jews toward Israel. (Ha’aretz)

Is American liberal Zionism even a tenable position any more? (Tablet)

A range of responses to the Flotilla affair make it a kind of “Rorschach Test” for American Jews. (Forward)

Interviewed on All Things ConsideredPeter Beinart and Alan Dershowitz talk about the increasing alienation of “fairly secular, liberal-minded American Jews” from Israel, and how this could lead to rising support for the extreme of “an uncritical Zionism and the increasing non-Zionism of a one-state solution.” (National Public Radio)

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