A.B. Yehoshua asserted that the American Jew is 'partial' while the Israeli Jew is a 'whole Jew.' As offensive as Yehoshua's use of the word 'partial' is, the real issue is his utter disrespect of the American Jew. Yehoshua has argued that American Jews do not fulfill the necessary condition for Jewish completeness, which is apparently geographic. The claim that Jewishness relies on geography would seem rather odd to the authors of the Babylonian Talmud and the European Yiddish authors of Haskalah.