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Why Many American Jews Are Becoming Indifferent or Even Hostile to Israel

It’s not about what Israel does. It’s about what, to their minds, Israel is.

A protester at a rally in front of the White House during the annual AIPAC conference in Washington on March 26, 2017. Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images.
A protester at a rally in front of the White House during the annual AIPAC conference in Washington on March 26, 2017. Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images.
Essay
May 8 2017
About the author

Daniel Gordis is the Koret Distinguished Fellow at Shalem College in Jerusalem and the author, most recently, of We Stand Divided: The Rift Between American Jews and Israel.


All told, the two Jewish communities of the United States and Israel constitute some 85 percent of the world’s Jews. Although other communities around the globe remain significant for their size or other qualities, the future of world Jewry will likely be shaped by the two largest populations—and by the relationship between them. For that reason alone, the waning of attachment to Israel among American Jews, especially but not exclusively younger American Jews, has rightly become a central focus of concern for religious and communal leaders, thinkers, and planners in both countries.

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