Many Americans who care about Israel's future are questioning whether the hard-line, uncritical stances adopted by many traditional pro-Israel advocates really serve the country's best interests over the long-term. Moderate Jeremy Ben-Ami, founder of J Street, the new pro-Israel, pro-peace political movement, punctures many of the myths that have long guided our understanding of the politics of th...
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Reprint edition (October 16, 2012)
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
Amazon Rank: 3880179
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Although Ben-Ami certainly has a political agenda in this book, it becomes an interesting historic look at the evolution of Jewish politics in the United States, as well as lessons he draws from the work of his father (whose Revisionist Israeli affil...
Jewish community and have been fundamental to how pro-Israel advocates have pursued their work. These myths include:- that leaders of established Jewish organizations speak for all Jewish Americans when it comes to Israel- that being pro-Israel means you cannot support creation of a Palestinian state- that American Jews vote for candidates based largely on their support of Israel- that talking peace with your enemies demonstrates weakness- that allying with neoconservatives and evangelical Christians is good for Israel and good for the Jewish community.Ben-Ami, whose grandparents were first-generation Zionists and founders of Tel Aviv, tells the story of his own evolution toward a more moderate viewpoint. He sketches a new direction for both American policy and the conduct of the debate over Israel in the American Jewish community.