American Jews and Israel

By Jonathan D. Sarna

American Jewish Committee (AJC), February 1988

The author argues that the Israel of American Jews has long been a mythical Israel. Contemporary criticism of Israel has far more to do with the shattering of these myths than with the various traditions of opposition to Zionism. A brief excursion back into history explains why this is the case. The author states that the wonder is not so much that these dreams were eventually punctured, but rather that they lasted as long as they did. In Commentary Magazine vol. 85 issue 2, pp. 64-65 (February 1988).

Topic: Diaspora Relations, Israel-Diaspora Relations, Israel Attachment, Israel's Impact on American Jewry, Public Opinion

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Genre: Brief

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Sarna, Jonathan D. American Jews and Israel. American Jewish Committee (AJC). February 1988:


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