SOURCE: The New Republic
Will the Right Wing Israeli Government Break American Jews' Relationship with Israel?
Shaul Magid, Distinguished Fellow of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth, argues that the new government's agenda will force American Jews to recognize that Israel has become an illiberal country, while historian Hasia Diner says it has long been so.
SOURCE: Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Eric Alterman on the Shifting Debate over Israel-Palestine in America
The writer discusses his conclusions about the evolution of the debate among American Jews about the nature of their relationship to Israel and the moral status of American policy.
SOURCE: The Conversation
The Demographic Shift Behind Israel's Ascendant Religious Zionists
by Michael Brenner
Demographics are pushing Orthodox religious nationalists, who are led by West Bank settlers, to political power that is forcing confrontations over both secularism and the occupation. This bloc is growing rapidly less friendly to compromise with secularists, Arabs, or LGBTQ Israelis.
SOURCE: Jewish Currents
Beinart: Antisemitic Zionism Isn't a Contradiction in Terms
Conservative Zionists have reached accommodated American evangelicals' demands for a Christian-dominated America in exchange for support for a Jewish greater Israel. The media are reluctant to discuss this connection.
SOURCE: The New Yorker
Israel's Ruling Coalition Turns Toward Theocracy
by Bernard Avishai
Netanyahu has engineered an alliance among three disparate strains of religious parties and secular Israelis favoring an aggressive nationalism and occupation policy. But the religious parties have broader goals of undermining secular society in Israel.
Two Unlikely Champions of Fundamentalist Parties Show it's More about Power than Faith
by Donne Levy
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu returns to power after embracing religious fundamentalist parties in a coalition. Like his friend Donald Trump, he seems an unlikely leader for a faith-based constituency to embrace.
SOURCE: Jerusalem Post
Can Religious Zionists Reject the Religious Zionist Party?
by Gil Troy
Can religious Zionism survive being hijacked by a party of anti-democratic and anti-humanist zealots? One historian of Zionism says he's not on board with the Israeli far right.
SOURCE: The Nation
Is Israel Criticism the Reason Harvard Refused "Godfather" of Human Rights
by Michael Massing
Kenneth Roth retired from Human Rights Watch after nearly three decades, and expected to move to a fellowship at the Kennedy School. Dean Douglas Elmendorf told him his fellowship was rejected because HRW exhibited "anti-Israel bias." Is the school insufficiently independent of the American foreign policy establishment and its donors?
SOURCE: The Nation
Will MAGA Be the Last Straw for Conservative Jews' Partnership with the Christian Right?
by Eric Alterman
Since the 1970s, an alliance between Christian and Jewish conservatives has been brokered over mutual support for Israel's occupation and settlement of the West Bank. Are changing attitudes toward the occupation among American Jews and the naked antisemitism of the MAGA right breaking the alliance?
SOURCE: Washington Post
Israel's Religious Right Pushes for Restrictive Changes to Law of Return
As Jews around the world are considering Israel as a refuge from antisemitism, that country's religious fundamentalist parties have the political leverage to decide that many fewer people are Jewish enough to qualify for immigration and citizenship. American Reform Jews are particularly affected.
From Torch to Tunis to El Alamein: Events 80 Years Ago Made the Modern Middle East
by Robert Satloff
80 years ago Operation Torch, the Allied invasion of North Africa, opened a second front against Nazi Germany. Today, it has proven equally important for establishing models for America's relationship to the Middle East.
SOURCE: Wall Street Journal
The Women Who Secured the Balfour Declaration
by Natalie Livingstone
Women in the Rothschild family were instrumental in creating support among wealthy British Jews for Zionism, which they had previously rejected out of perceived self-interest and disdain for the Jewish masses.
SOURCE: Jerusalem Post
Ken Burns's Holocaust History Has a Palestine Problem
by Rafael Medoff and Monty Noam Penkower
Although there was no sovereign government in Palestine between 1933 and 1945, British authorities there admitted a quarter million Jewish refugees. The filmmaker's focus on "sovereign" countries' record admitting refugees burnishes the Roosevelt administration's record.
SOURCE: The New Republic
Walter Russell Mead: Non-Jewish Interest Groups, not "Israel Lobby" Drive Hawkish US Mideast Policy
Rejecting the idea of a Jewish-led "Israel Lobby" Mead emphasizes the historical influence of American Christian zionists and militarists in tilting America's mideast policy toward the goals of the Israeli right.
Two Books on Israeli Nationalism Show a Growing Divide on Zionism in America
by Ari Hoffman
Books by Omri Boehm and Yossi Shain take diametrically opposed positions on the historical and contemporary merits of Zionism as institutionalized in the Israeli state, and signal the growth of a polarization in the American Jewish community.
SOURCE: Chronicle of Higher Education
Two Donor Controversies Show the Precarious Position of Jewish Studies Programs
Financially precarious academic programs are potentially at the mercy of politically motivated donors whose philanthropy is subsidized by the tax code and affects public institutions without public input.
Haaretz Editorial: Israel Must Acknowledge War Crimes in 1948 Fight for Independence
"It is time to acknowledge the truth, and first to publish the report by the first attorney general, Yaakov-Shimshon Shapira, on the massacres of the dark autumn of 1948... and to hold a penetrating public discussion of their implications today."
SOURCE: New York Review of Books
"This Obstinate Little Man": Tom Segev on Ben-Gurion as the King Lear of Zionism
"Ben-Gurion was not a saint and should not be made into one posthumously. An unvarnished account of his vices is essential, but so is an appreciation of his merits." A reviewer says Tom Segev's new biography sheds little light on his influence over the Zionist movement and the Israeli state.
SOURCE: Los Angeles Review of Books
History Is a Story that Satisfies Power: A Conversation with Joshua Cohen (Author of "The Netanyahus")
Joshua Cohen's novel fictionalizes the American academic career of Benzion Netanyahu, whose American raised sons became huge figures in Israeli military and political history.
SOURCE: The Atlantic
Israel’s Problems Are Not Like America’s
by Matti Friedman
American supporters and critics have tended to view Israel through a lens shaped by American political concerns.
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