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Why the American Jewish Distancing from Israel Is So Heartbreaking https://dev.mosaicmagazine.com/response/israel-zionism/2017/05/why-the-american-jewish-distancing-from-israel-is-so-heartbreaking/

From some of its founding ideas to some of its most thoughtful and essential institutions, American Jews have given the Jewish state much to be proud of.

May 30, 2017 | Daniel Gordis
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.
This is a response to Why Many American Jews Are Becoming Indifferent or Even Hostile to Israel, originally published in Mosaic in May 2017

Crowds await Israel’s Declaration of Independence, written with the help of an American Jew. Independence Hall/Beit Haatzmaut Museum.


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I’m grateful to Hillel Halkin, Evelyn Gordon, and Jordan Chandler Hirsch for their enlightening responses to my essay. All four of us entertain slightly differing views on the current disconnection between American Jews and Israel, and ascribe to it somewhat disparate causes, but we’re in agreement not only that the divide is widening but (in contradistinction to many other commentators) that the principal reason for this state of affairs lies not in Israel’s policies but in what is happening in American Jewish life.

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