Podcast: Joe Lieberman on American Jews and the Zionist Dream https://mosaicmagazine.com/observation/israel-zionism/2019/12/podcast-joe-lieberman-on-american-jews-and-the-zionist-dream/

The former U.S. senator stops by our studio to talk about, among other things, fraying bipartisan support for Israel.

December 12, 2019 | Tikvah Podcast at Mosaic, Joseph Lieberman
About the author: A weekly podcast, produced in partnership with the Tikvah Fund, offering up the best thinking on Jewish thought and culture. Joseph Lieberman, United States Senator from Connecticut 1989-2013, and Democratic candidate for Vice President in 2000, is senior counsel at Kasowitz, Benson & Torres and chairman of United Against Nuclear Iran.

Meghan McCain and Joseph Lieberman at the AIPAC Policy Conference in March 2019. Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images.

This Week’s Guest: Joseph Lieberman

 

This past October, the former U.S. senator Joseph Lieberman was a keynote speaker at the inaugural Herzl Conference on Contemporary Zionism, held on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem. In his remarks, published last month in Mosaic as “What American Jews Can Do to Help Keep Herzl’s Dream Alive,” Lieberman reflected on the miracle of the modern Jewish state and what Jewish self-determination means for American Jews, He also shared his concerns about the future of bipartisan support for Israel, especially among the young.

Now he joins our podcast to talk further about those ideas and about his strikingly independent career in public service. You’ll hear the senator discuss the history of his personal relationship to Israel, how he thinks Zionism can help American Jews be better citizens, and whether, as a rising progressive movement grows at the expense of the Democratic center, the longstanding fact of bipartisan support for Israel can endure or is likely to snap.

Musical selections in this podcast are drawn from the Quintet for Clarinet and Strings, op. 31a, composed by Paul Ben-Haim and performed by the ARC Ensemble, the original Broadway cast recording of Fiddler on the Roof, and “Above the Ocean” by Evan MacDonald.

Background

 

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