Why Many American Jews Are Becoming Indifferent or Even Hostile to Israel https://mosaicmagazine.com/essay/israel-zionism/2017/05/why-many-american-jews-are-becoming-indifferent-or-even-hostile-to-israel/

It’s not about what Israel does. It’s about what, to their minds, Israel is.

May 8, 2017 | Daniel Gordis
About the author: Daniel Gordis is Koret Distinguished Fellow and chair of the core curriculum at Shalem College in Jerusalem. His new book, Israel: A Concise History of a People Reborn, won the Jewish Book Council’s “Book of the Year” award for 2016.
A protester at a rally in front of the White House during the annual AIPAC conference in Washington on March 26, 2017. Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images.
All told, the two Jewish communities of the United States and Israel constitute some 85 percent of the world’s Jews. Although other communities around the globe remain significant for their size or other qualities, the future of world Jewry will likely be shaped by the two largest populations—and by the relationship between them. For that reason alone, the waning of attachment to Israel among American Jews, especially but not exclusively younger American Jews, has rightly become a central focus of concern for religious and communal leaders, thinkers, and planners in both countries.

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