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  • What neoconservatives get wrong about U.S. Jews' relationship with Israel

    As much as it chagrins the likes of Elliott Abrams, the increasing difficulty they are having with defending Israel’s policies is due to the policies they are working to defend. The longer the occupation continues, the less support it will find among Jews in the United States. By Mitchell Plitnick Over the past few years, there has been a good deal of consternation in Israel and in the American Jewish community about the relationship between the two. That concern has grown as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu consistently works to please his right flank with ever more controversial statements and…

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  • Is J Street trying to rebrand Palestinian liberation?

    As liberal Zionism finds itself in the middle of its latest battle for survival, J Street reconsiders forbidden alliances and what it means to be ‘pro-Israel.’ By Soleiman Moustafa Sitting on every seat in the massive auditorium hosting the opening session of J Street’s 5th annual conference last month was a bookmark emblazoned with the a map and the motto “know your boundaries.” The "pro-Israel, pro-peace" lobbying organization designed a map of Israel with both Palestinian territories partitioned out in green, with Syria's Golan Heights included in Israel’s boundaries without caveat. Looking up, the auditorium was enveloped in a comforting blue-and-white glow, invoking Israel’s national colors, the American and Israeli flags standing proud at center…

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  • What American Jews think: Eight notes

    Eight interesting notes from Pew Research’s Portrait of American Jewry, published on Tuesday. The most widely reported finding from a Pew survey on American Jewry released yesterday was that American Jews are increasingly secular. Close behind were reports on the number of American Jews who have Christmas trees in their homes. Below are some interesting tidbits that I found while reading the survey results. (Read the full survey here.) 1. More American Christians (55 percent) than American Jews (40 percent) believe that God gave Israel to the Jewish people. 2. American Jews are more than twice as likely than members…

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