Why Israel Is Losing the Liberals

By Leonard Fein

Forward Association, 2009

There's no escape: The data show quite decisively that here in America, Israel is considerably more popular among conservatives than among liberals. Why? In the wake of the Shoah, denunciation of Jewish nationalism - Zionism - was virtually unthinkable. But as liberalism became more and more uncomfortable with nationalism, the left's position on Israel began to change. After the '67 war, Israel lost its status as the sympathetic underdog; it became the mighty nationalistic Occupying Power. Until and unless Zionism is able to reclaim the 'benign nationalism' that was its founding ideal, it risks losing not just liberals around the world, but its very foundational aspiration.

Topic: Liberalism, Anti-Zionism, Diaspora Relations, Israel-Diaspora Relations, Anti-Israel Sentiment, Zionism, US-Israel Relations, Nationalism

Name of Publication: Jewish Daily Forward

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Coverage: Israel , Palestinian Territories , United States

Language: English

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Fein, Leonard. Why Israel Is Losing the Liberals. Jewish Daily Forward. Forward Association. 2009: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=15322


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