American Jewry Will No Longer Be the Center of the Jewish World

In the 20th century the American Jewish community was the world’s largest and strongest, and helped establish and protect the Jewish state. The 21st century will be different.

Anti-Israel protesters in New York in 2015. Albin Lohr-Jones/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images.

Anti-Israel protesters in New York in 2015. Albin Lohr-Jones/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images.

Last Word
April 26 2016
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.


In late fall 1940, as World War II raged in Europe and despite the parlous situation of the Jews in British-Mandate Palestine, their leader David Ben-Gurion spent three and a half months in the United States, returning again in November 1941 for a far longer stay of more than nine months. The wartime route from Palestine to the U.S. was lengthy and dangerous, but Ben-Gurion keenly understood not only the prime importance of relations with America but also the fact that the American Jewish community had now become the center of world Jewry.

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