Thinking about Suspending Support for Israel Over the Western Wall and Conversion Disputes? Think Again.

Furious and extreme proposals in response to two Israeli government decisions are ill-reasoned and immature.


Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky, center, in brown cap, and Knesset member Dov Lipman, in jacket and tie at right, at a protest held by American and Israeli Orthodox and Conservative Jews outside the Chief Rabbinate offices in Jerusalem, July 6, 2016. Hadas Parush/Flash90.

Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky, center, in brown cap, and Knesset member Dov Lipman, in jacket and tie at right, at a protest held by American and Israeli Orthodox and Conservative Jews outside the Chief Rabbinate offices in Jerusalem, July 6, 2016. Hadas Parush/Flash90.

Observation
July 13 2017
About the author

Elliott Abrams is a senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he maintains a blog, Pressure Points.


Thoughtful discussions of relations between the state of Israel and the American Jewish community were blown aside in early July, replaced by recriminations, accusations, and proposals for retribution. The immediate cause was two government decisions in Jerusalem.

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More about: American Jewry, Conversion, Israel & Zionism, Israeli Chief Rabbinate, Politics & Current Affairs, Western Wall