The Weakest Link

How to repair the connection between the liberal majority of American Jews and the center-right majority of Israeli Jews.

Israeli MKs discussing the “Nation State” bill at the Knesset on July 17, 2018. Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Israeli MKs discussing the “Nation State” bill at the Knesset on July 17, 2018. Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Last Word
July 30 2018
About the authors

Natan Sharansky, the international human-rights activist who spent nearly a decade in Soviet prison as a refusenik, has served in ministerial positions in several Israeli governments. He has recently stepped down after nine years as chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel. He is the author of Fear No Evil, The Case for Democracy, and Defending Identity.

Gil Troy is Distinguished Scholar of North American History at McGill University in Montreal. He is the author of  nine books on the American presidency and three books on Zionism, including, most recently, The Zionist Ideas.


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