Unspoken Reasons for the American Jewish Distancing from Israel

There are more Israeli Jews than ever, so they need American Jews less. And they don’t all look European, so American Jews might have trouble seeing them as “my people.”


Moroccan Jewish men at the tomb of Rabbi Israel Abuhaṣeira, known as the Baba Sali, during the annual pilgrimage to his grave in the southern Israeli town of Netivot, on January 14, 2016. MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images.
Moroccan Jewish men at the tomb of Rabbi Israel Abuhaṣeira, known as the Baba Sali, during the annual pilgrimage to his grave in the southern Israeli town of Netivot, on January 14, 2016. MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images.
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April 14 2016
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Martin Kramer teaches Middle Eastern history and served as founding president at Shalem College in Jerusalem, and is the Koret distinguished fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.


Elliott Abrams has put his finger on the main cause of American Jewish “distancing” from Israel, and the answer is discouraging. He picks up on this passage from one of the two books he surveys, Dov Waxman’s Trouble in the Tribe: The American Jewish Conflict over Israel:

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