Israel and American Jewry: Oslo and Beyond

By Steven Bayme

Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA), January 15, 2008

The author argues that the Oslo years and the promise of Arab-Israeli peace led to a recalibrating of relations between Israel and world Jewry. The collapse of the Oslo process "resecuritized" the agenda of Israeli-Diaspora relations. Israeli spokespersons argued that a strong Jewish community in North America was vital to preserving Israeli security; however, Diaspora assimilation threatened to undermine Israel's position within American society and public opinion. He concludes that without a critical mass of Jews ideologically committed to make the case for Israel, U.S. Middle Eastern policy could become like the policies of European democracies.

Topic: Diaspora Relations, Israel-Diaspora Relations, Israel Attachment, Israel's Impact on American Jewry, Assimilation, Israel Advocacy, Hasbara

Name of Publication: Changing Jewish Communities

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Genre: Report

Language: English

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Bayme, Steven. Israel and American Jewry: Oslo and Beyond. Changing Jewish Communities. Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA). 15 January 2008:


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