Israel: The Canvas on Which American Jews Project Their Hopes and Fears

From the founding years to the recent years of strength, American Jews have always seen in Israel what they wanted to, not what was necessarily there.


A pro-Israel supporter in New York City’s Times Square, November 21, 2012. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri.
A pro-Israel supporter in New York City’s Times Square, November 21, 2012. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri.
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April 18 2016
About the author

Jack Wertheimer, professor of American Jewish history at the Jewish Theological Seminary, is the author of The New American Judaism: How Jews Practice their Religion Today, newly published by Princeton University Press.


“The problems begin at home, and so do the solutions,” concludes Elliott Abrams in his trenchant analysis of why growing numbers of American Jews are drifting apart from Israel. He most certainly is correct: the drift described in his essay tells us far more about the internal dynamics of American Jewish life than about Middle Eastern realities.

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