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The Crisis of Zionism [Reading] ➬ The Crisis of Zionism ➳ Peter Beinart – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Israel's next great crisis may come not with the Palestinians or Iran but with young American JewsA dramatic shift is taking place in Israel and America In Israel the deepening occupation of the West Israel's next great crisis may come not with the Palestinians or Iran but with young American JewsA dramatic shift is taking place in Israel and America In Israel the deepening occupation of the West Bank is putting Israeli democracy at risk In the United States the refusal of major Jewish organizations to defend democracy in the The Crisis PDF or Jewish state is alienating many young liberal Jews from Zionism itself In the next generation the liberal Zionist dream the dream of a state that safeguards the Jewish people and cherishes democratic ideals may dieIn The Crisis of Zionism Peter Beinart lays out in chilling detail the looming danger to Israeli democracy and the American Jewish establishment's refusal to confront it And he offers a fascinating groundbreaking portrait of the two leaders at the center of the crisis Barack Obama America's first Jewish president a man steeped in the liberalism he learned from his many Jewish friends and mentors in Chicago; and Benjamin Netanyahu the Israeli prime minister who considers liberalism the Jewish people's special curse These two men embody fundamentally different visions not just of American and Israeli national interests but of the mission of the Jewish people itselfBeinart concludes with provocative proposals for how the relationship between American Jews and Israel must change and with an elouent and moving appeal for American Jews to defend the dream of a democratic Jewish state before it is too late.


About the Author: Peter Beinart

Peter Beinart is the author of The Crisis of Zionism and The Icarus Syndrome A History of American Hubris and The Good Fight A former editor of The New Republic he is an associate professor of journalism and political science at the City University of New York a senior fellow at the New America Foundation and The Crisis PDF or the senior political writer for The Daily Beast He lives with his family in New Yor.



10 thoughts on “The Crisis of Zionism

  1. Tucker Tucker says:

    With his usual sharp analysis Peter Beinart identifies several reasons why young American Jews tend to avoid pro Israel activism They may not be deeply committed to or involved in Judaism in the first place and they may resent being expected to express agreement with every policy of the Israeli government In The Crisis of Zionism Beinart gives special elucidation to one interesting reason for people born 30 40 or 50 years after the liberation of Auschwitz who have grown up in a United States where Jews have a higher level of social integration than ever before a victimhood narrative about Judaism does not personally resonate This means they are confused or put off by much of the discussion of Israel that depicts Jews as victims including within the context of the Israeli Palestinian conflictThis is not solely a generational gap As American Jews of all ages increasingly avail themselves of new opportunities to express their political and moral values through organizations that are not specifically or exclusively Jewish Beinart argues the demographic that remains active in traditional Jewish organizations increasingly subscribes to the old narrative of Jewish victimhood and survival against all odds It is an establishment that he writes forces today's realities onto the procrustean bed of 1939 or 1967 is increasingly indifferent to whether democratic values are maintained in the US and in Israel and is out of touch with the political opinions of the majority of American JewsWhat are these realities around which today's crisis of Zionism orbits They are Israel's continued occupation of the Palestinian territories and the decades of violent conflict between the two peoples The conseuences are felt not just by the stateless people in Gaza or the West Bank but all over Israel In 2010 opinion polls about half of Jewish Israelis said that they wouldn't befriend an Arab that they believe Jews should avoid renting to Arabs and that they think the government should encourage Arab citizens to leave the country while over two thirds of Jewish Israelis said that Arab citizens should not be appointed to cabinet posts If these attitudes toward fellow citizens are common what of the attitudes toward Palestinians with whom Jewish Israelis are even less likely to interact Former Israeli prime ministers Ehud Barak and Ehud Olmert have raised the specter of the possibility of Israel becoming an apartheid state if the status uo continues The solution as Beinart and many others see it is the creation of a Palestinian state alongside Israel Binationalism barely works in placid countries like Canada and Belgium he writes In Israel he says a binational one state solution would soon lead to civil war A two state solution stands a better chance of success it has been the subject of IsraeliPalestinian negotiations before and has been endorsed by many external parties including the current US President and the Arab LeagueFor American Jews who wish to help Israel there is a need to acknowledge that power is not only something that can be used to survive victimization but unfortunately is something that can be abused The rich tradition of Jewish ethics can be embraced as a guide for a Jewish nation that has now achieved its own power Beinart points out Netanyahu's problematic claims that the use of force has a salubrious effect on the Jewish national spirit and that force is conveniently a language well understood by Arabs Those Jews who prefer to keep the use of military power in check will inevitably criticize Israeli policy under a hawkish Israeli government And if Jews disproportionately criticize Israel than they criticize other countries Beinart says maybe it is not due to unfairness but is because they care about Israel and feel that they have a measure of influence there He convincingly argues that for the future of Zionism understood by diaspora Jews at least in part as the feeling that they too have a stake in Israel's destiny such willingness to criticize Israeli policy is a good thing


  2. Alex Nagler Alex Nagler says:

    I wanted to like this book but my issue is an issue with myself than with the author It's clear from the first page that this author supports Israel in spite of some of the negative things it has done over the past three decades Beinart is reasonable the entire book but in his conclusion he comes back to the emphasis of Jewish education as a way to make younger Jews identify with Israel I can't help but feel that's ignoring the problem We and I'm adding myself to this group for the sake of argument aren't moving away from Israel because we don't emphasize with things like the Holocaust or the fact that the need for a Jewish state was once a serious issue it's because we're increasingly liberal on all things and see the oppression of Palestinians as a hypocritical act in the light of these things The author also fails to address the growing trend of Israel's movement away from democracy and into theocratic statutes like those of its neighbors that it active denounces Settlements are only half the issue it's the people settling and why they're settling that's the other half The Messianic aspect of these settlers the Americans who fund them and their belief of what could and in their minds will happen is ignored This may be due to the fact that Beinart has chosen to focus exclusively on the geopolitical relationship of Israel and the US but Christian donors only donate to Israel for one reason and that reason involves a lot of bloodThe real reason I've been reading things like this The Brothers Emmanuel and The War Within is I've been debating internally whether or not going on Birthright is something I'd like to do I have 2 years of eligibility On one hand I know it's a free trip to Israel politics be damned Free travel is free travel I just don't want to have to sit on my hands and gag myself while listening to a Sheldon Adelson speech or keep from stabbing any of my fellow tour matesIsrael was founded by a bunch of non religious Socialist jews Isn't there a Birthright program for them To visit the place that 100 years ago their ancestors tried to create a home in to which now their seriously fucked up grandchildren returnThat's something I still need to figure out And books like this will hopefully help


  3. Jeremy Jeremy says:

    Of the dozens of books I have read about the Middle East and the problems between Israel and Palestine this is by far the best I am stunned by Beinart's ability to write with passion and with clarity He marshals an enormous amount of information organizes it brilliantly and tells a complex story with great insightThe book's central theme is how can Israel be saved as a democracy Time is running out Beinart argues because the settlements continue to expand and this will leave Israel with no choices left but to ethnically cleanse the West Bank or create a single binational state He is not the first to point this out Experts have long pointed out that Israel aspires to be large ie holding onto huge chunks of the West Bank democratic and Jewish but it can only be two of three at best But what is new at least to me is the tracery of Netanyahu's intellectual origins via his father and back to Jabotinsky It is a compelling case cunningly made and it dovetails perfectly with every move Netanyahu has made While I have done some prior reading on the Irgun and the neo fascist right in Israel's early years this was the best linkage between it and the current political situation I also saw although Beinart does not make this point a remarkable similarity between Nietzsche's characterization of Jewish morality in the Genealogy of Morals and Jabotinsky's critiue of liberal Jewish morality Both saw it as a weakening of the Old Testament warrior strength although Nietzsche ultimately saw its apotheosis in Christianity while Jabotinsky does not But given that and given the strong endorsement of the most radical Jabotinsky heirs by Netanyahu's father it helps explain why Israel home to so many deeply moral individuals and institutions can nevertheless widely and continually practice such brutalities against the Palestinians It is a civil war within Jewish ideology and within Zionism itself and the side I would hope would win is badly losingAnother enormous strength of this book is its detailed and revealing account of how Obama lost every time he sat down to negotiate with Binny Netanyahu Failure piles upon failure so rapidly that one almost throws the book across the room in frustration The remarkable spinelessness of the Republican Party in betraying their own country and allowing a foreign government to repeatedly humiliate a great nation Israel under Netanyahu treats the United States as if it were a dependent ally rather than the other way around For all the talk of how Obama has apologized to the world the only nation that I would contend has pushed America's face in the dirt during the Obama years is Israel And this from a president who has spent his adult life surrounded by Jews who wished to see a better Israel and a better US Israeli relationshipFinally Beinert ends as few books do these days with concrete suggestions for how to ameliorate or solve the problems he brilliantly outlines He calls for a rapid increase in Jewish schools in the US particularly those aimed at non Orthodox children He radically advocates government support for religious schools and points out that this has not harmed religious freedom in other western democracies Many will recoil in horror on the left at the thought But the right wing of Jewish opinion are even angrier about this book which ends by endorsing reluctantly and at great pain the boycott of settlement products while strongly opposing any boycott of '67 Israel He even proposes new language the West Bank should now be called non democratic Israel and '67 Israel should be called democratic Israel I don't think that will catch on nor do I think the US will support religious schools soon But he is right in the motive behind both solutions If liberal ie those in tune with Ben Gurion and Herzl and the ideology of Israel's major founders Jews do not deepen their attachment to Israel then they will abandon the field to those who fundamentally doubt the humanity and euality of Palestinians And unless a two state solution appears in the next five years the expansion of the settlements will make any peace impossible The choice for Israel is a difficult peace now or endless war into the future Beinert's book is a cri de couer from a passionate lover of Israel He unlike so many points out wrongs committed by both Palestinians and Israelis and points a way forward for both peoples


  4. Talla Khelghati Talla Khelghati says:

    Beinart is so incredibly intelligent


  5. Laythan Oweis Laythan Oweis says:

    I learned so much wow


  6. Mark Mark says:

    Peter Beinart may not be saying much that is new in his book but he put it all out there well researched and noted There is much that is wrong with Zionism of today Liberal Zionism which was responsible for the building of the state has been eclipsed by the Revisionist Zionism of Vladimir Jabotinsky Revisionist Zionism seeks to rebuild the Jewish nation based on the notion that Israelite heroes were brute warriors eg Samson and that the moral vision of the prophets was an exilic dilution a distortion due to powerlessness Benjamin Netanyahu's father Benzion served as secretary to Jabotinsky and was dedicated to the Revisionist idea The idea also has its followers among many of today's Jewish communal heads people who are either Holocaust survivors themselves or children of survivors those who remember the early years of Israel's struggle to survive Many forged ties with Netnayahu when he lived in the US Beinart chronicles Barack Obama's Zionist connections among prominent Liberal Zionists in the Chicago community Rabbi Arnold Jacob Wolf Judge Abner Mikva and others and the pressures on Obama to take a conservative approach over the years because of a combination of forces heads of Jewish organizations AIPAC and Netanyahu's end runs around Obama through Congress In the meantime American Jews are not as committed to Israel as American Jewish leaders who don't represent much of the American Jewish community want everyone to believe Their supporters are largely those who take the bait of the history of Jewish weakness the Holocaust and rampant anti Semitsm a poor sell to younger American Jews Beinart is a passionate Zionist; he wants to see the center reignited to advocate for an Israel that lives up to its liberal democratic fundamentals by remaining a Jewish state living alongside a Palestinian state In the end Beinart makes some recommendations that are either counterproductive calling for a boycott of goods produced in settlements or unwieldy state support for non publicreligious schools The recommendations while only a small part of the book have caused much alarm that strongly overshadow the value of the analysis offered by the author A well worthwhile read


  7. Lois Lois says:

    A well written well researched and insightful book by the manwho called Barack Obama the “first Jewish president” Beinart offers ideas towardseffecting peace in the Middle East along withstrengthening the Jewish community in the USThe author’s main premise is that both Israel under Netanyahuand the conservative Jewish leadership in the US have used the rationaleof the Holocaust to justify a deepening of the occupation In his view theyhave abandoned the democratic egalitarian Zionism ofTheodor Herzl as well as good Jewish values Hebelieves that peace will only come with a two statesolution and that Israel must delegitimize the occupationreturning to the green line in order to gain legitimacy before the world Additionally Beinart provides insights into what may not always be apparentmotivations of both Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu and the discord between them If you are concerned about the well being and continuityof the Jewish people the alienation of younger liberal Jews from mainstreamJewish organizations and the future and uality of life within the State of Israel read this book


  8. Lewis Weinstein Lewis Weinstein says:

    OP ED COLUMNIST ROGER COHEN NYT 21412 Peter Beinart’s “The Crisis of Zionism” is an important new book that rejects the manipulation of Jewish victimhood in the name of Israel’s domination of the Palestinians and asserts that the real issue for Jews today is not the challenge of weakness but the demands of power What Netanyahu and major American Jewish organizations miss is that in Beinart’s words “the less democratic Zionism becomes in practice the people across the world will uestion the legitimacy of Zionism itself” Israel he states rightly is a democracy within the green line “but in the West Bank it is an ethnocracy a place where Jews enjoy citizenship and Palestinians do not” Obama who started out saying settlements must stop ended up vetoing a UN Security Council resolution to that effect He had to shed his liberal Zionism for American political survival There could not be a clearer demonstration of why Beinart’s book is so important and timely for the future of Israel


  9. Elliot Ratzman Elliot Ratzman says:

    Beinart’s book is an important intervention and should be a topic of conversation between American Jews about our relationship with Israel and our own undemocratic elites Non Jews would benefit from listening in especially since a Liberal Zionist view is so rarely taken seriously by The Left Meanwhile the reviews from The Right are the same petty seuences of denials double standards subject changing and bigotry we’ve heard before from The Israel Lobby book to J Street’s moderate Zionism While flawed here and there the book is basically sound and I agree with most of Beinart’s arguments but shy from some of his otherwise creative conclusions As an insider he’s privy to some sharp stories and has a strong chapter on Obama’s liberal Jewish influences It’s a spry read that usefully reframes the debate—calling the West Bank “Undemocratic Israel” and “East of Democracy” in order to champion the erstwhile Democratic part within the 67 borders For this he’s done Zionism a favor


  10. Beth Beth says:

    This book makes a passionate case for liberal American Jews to take seriously and act to combat the erosion of liberal values in the governmental policies of today's Israel He makes a persuasive argument that the country has strayed dangerously from the principles upon which it was founded and that through relative indifference and inaction the liberal majority of American Jewry has ceded the community's voice on the matter to a wealthy right wing minority that powerfully influences American foreign policy The book is an important wake up call to the American Jewish community


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10 thoughts on “The Crisis of Zionism

  1. Tucker Tucker says:

    With his usual sharp analysis Peter Beinart identifies several reasons why young American Jews tend to avoid pro Israel activism They may not be deeply committed to or involved in Judaism in the first place and they may resent being expected to express agreement with every policy of the Israeli government In The Crisis of Zionism Beinart gives special elucidation to one interesting reason for people born 30 40 or 50 years after the liberation of Auschwitz who have grown up in a United States where Jews have a higher level of social integration than ever before a victimhood narrative about Judaism does not personally resonate This means they are confused or put off by much of the discussion of Israel that depicts Jews as victims including within the context of the Israeli Palestinian conflictThis is not solely a generational gap As American Jews of all ages increasingly avail themselves of new opportunities to express their political and moral values through organizations that are not specifically or exclusively Jewish Beinart argues the demographic that remains active in traditional Jewish organizations increasingly subscribes to the old narrative of Jewish victimhood and survival against all odds It is an establishment that he writes forces today's realities onto the procrustean bed of 1939 or 1967 is increasingly indifferent to whether democratic values are maintained in the US and in Israel and is out of touch with the political opinions of the majority of American JewsWhat are these realities around which today's crisis of Zionism orbits They are Israel's continued occupation of the Palestinian territories and the decades of violent conflict between the two peoples The conseuences are felt not just by the stateless people in Gaza or the West Bank but all over Israel In 2010 opinion polls about half of Jewish Israelis said that they wouldn't befriend an Arab that they believe Jews should avoid renting to Arabs and that they think the government should encourage Arab citizens to leave the country while over two thirds of Jewish Israelis said that Arab citizens should not be appointed to cabinet posts If these attitudes toward fellow citizens are common what of the attitudes toward Palestinians with whom Jewish Israelis are even less likely to interact Former Israeli prime ministers Ehud Barak and Ehud Olmert have raised the specter of the possibility of Israel becoming an apartheid state if the status uo continues The solution as Beinart and many others see it is the creation of a Palestinian state alongside Israel Binationalism barely works in placid countries like Canada and Belgium he writes In Israel he says a binational one state solution would soon lead to civil war A two state solution stands a better chance of success it has been the subject of IsraeliPalestinian negotiations before and has been endorsed by many external parties including the current US President and the Arab LeagueFor American Jews who wish to help Israel there is a need to acknowledge that power is not only something that can be used to survive victimization but unfortunately is something that can be abused The rich tradition of Jewish ethics can be embraced as a guide for a Jewish nation that has now achieved its own power Beinart points out Netanyahu's problematic claims that the use of force has a salubrious effect on the Jewish national spirit and that force is conveniently a language well understood by Arabs Those Jews who prefer to keep the use of military power in check will inevitably criticize Israeli policy under a hawkish Israeli government And if Jews disproportionately criticize Israel than they criticize other countries Beinart says maybe it is not due to unfairness but is because they care about Israel and feel that they have a measure of influence there He convincingly argues that for the future of Zionism understood by diaspora Jews at least in part as the feeling that they too have a stake in Israel's destiny such willingness to criticize Israeli policy is a good thing

  2. Alex Nagler Alex Nagler says:

    I wanted to like this book but my issue is an issue with myself than with the author It's clear from the first page that this author supports Israel in spite of some of the negative things it has done over the past three decades Beinart is reasonable the entire book but in his conclusion he comes back to the emphasis of Jewish education as a way to make younger Jews identify with Israel I can't help but feel that's ignoring the problem We and I'm adding myself to this group for the sake of argument aren't moving away from Israel because we don't emphasize with things like the Holocaust or the fact that the need for a Jewish state was once a serious issue it's because we're increasingly liberal on all things and see the oppression of Palestinians as a hypocritical act in the light of these things The author also fails to address the growing trend of Israel's movement away from democracy and into theocratic statutes like those of its neighbors that it active denounces Settlements are only half the issue it's the people settling and why they're settling that's the other half The Messianic aspect of these settlers the Americans who fund them and their belief of what could and in their minds will happen is ignored This may be due to the fact that Beinart has chosen to focus exclusively on the geopolitical relationship of Israel and the US but Christian donors only donate to Israel for one reason and that reason involves a lot of bloodThe real reason I've been reading things like this The Brothers Emmanuel and The War Within is I've been debating internally whether or not going on Birthright is something I'd like to do I have 2 years of eligibility On one hand I know it's a free trip to Israel politics be damned Free travel is free travel I just don't want to have to sit on my hands and gag myself while listening to a Sheldon Adelson speech or keep from stabbing any of my fellow tour matesIsrael was founded by a bunch of non religious Socialist jews Isn't there a Birthright program for them To visit the place that 100 years ago their ancestors tried to create a home in to which now their seriously fucked up grandchildren returnThat's something I still need to figure out And books like this will hopefully help

  3. Jeremy Jeremy says:

    Of the dozens of books I have read about the Middle East and the problems between Israel and Palestine this is by far the best I am stunned by Beinart's ability to write with passion and with clarity He marshals an enormous amount of information organizes it brilliantly and tells a complex story with great insightThe book's central theme is how can Israel be saved as a democracy Time is running out Beinart argues because the settlements continue to expand and this will leave Israel with no choices left but to ethnically cleanse the West Bank or create a single binational state He is not the first to point this out Experts have long pointed out that Israel aspires to be large ie holding onto huge chunks of the West Bank democratic and Jewish but it can only be two of three at best But what is new at least to me is the tracery of Netanyahu's intellectual origins via his father and back to Jabotinsky It is a compelling case cunningly made and it dovetails perfectly with every move Netanyahu has made While I have done some prior reading on the Irgun and the neo fascist right in Israel's early years this was the best linkage between it and the current political situation I also saw although Beinart does not make this point a remarkable similarity between Nietzsche's characterization of Jewish morality in the Genealogy of Morals and Jabotinsky's critiue of liberal Jewish morality Both saw it as a weakening of the Old Testament warrior strength although Nietzsche ultimately saw its apotheosis in Christianity while Jabotinsky does not But given that and given the strong endorsement of the most radical Jabotinsky heirs by Netanyahu's father it helps explain why Israel home to so many deeply moral individuals and institutions can nevertheless widely and continually practice such brutalities against the Palestinians It is a civil war within Jewish ideology and within Zionism itself and the side I would hope would win is badly losingAnother enormous strength of this book is its detailed and revealing account of how Obama lost every time he sat down to negotiate with Binny Netanyahu Failure piles upon failure so rapidly that one almost throws the book across the room in frustration The remarkable spinelessness of the Republican Party in betraying their own country and allowing a foreign government to repeatedly humiliate a great nation Israel under Netanyahu treats the United States as if it were a dependent ally rather than the other way around For all the talk of how Obama has apologized to the world the only nation that I would contend has pushed America's face in the dirt during the Obama years is Israel And this from a president who has spent his adult life surrounded by Jews who wished to see a better Israel and a better US Israeli relationshipFinally Beinert ends as few books do these days with concrete suggestions for how to ameliorate or solve the problems he brilliantly outlines He calls for a rapid increase in Jewish schools in the US particularly those aimed at non Orthodox children He radically advocates government support for religious schools and points out that this has not harmed religious freedom in other western democracies Many will recoil in horror on the left at the thought But the right wing of Jewish opinion are even angrier about this book which ends by endorsing reluctantly and at great pain the boycott of settlement products while strongly opposing any boycott of '67 Israel He even proposes new language the West Bank should now be called non democratic Israel and '67 Israel should be called democratic Israel I don't think that will catch on nor do I think the US will support religious schools soon But he is right in the motive behind both solutions If liberal ie those in tune with Ben Gurion and Herzl and the ideology of Israel's major founders Jews do not deepen their attachment to Israel then they will abandon the field to those who fundamentally doubt the humanity and euality of Palestinians And unless a two state solution appears in the next five years the expansion of the settlements will make any peace impossible The choice for Israel is a difficult peace now or endless war into the future Beinert's book is a cri de couer from a passionate lover of Israel He unlike so many points out wrongs committed by both Palestinians and Israelis and points a way forward for both peoples

  4. Talla Khelghati Talla Khelghati says:

    Beinart is so incredibly intelligent

  5. Laythan Oweis Laythan Oweis says:

    I learned so much wow

  6. Mark Mark says:

    Peter Beinart may not be saying much that is new in his book but he put it all out there well researched and noted There is much that is wrong with Zionism of today Liberal Zionism which was responsible for the building of the state has been eclipsed by the Revisionist Zionism of Vladimir Jabotinsky Revisionist Zionism seeks to rebuild the Jewish nation based on the notion that Israelite heroes were brute warriors eg Samson and that the moral vision of the prophets was an exilic dilution a distortion due to powerlessness Benjamin Netanyahu's father Benzion served as secretary to Jabotinsky and was dedicated to the Revisionist idea The idea also has its followers among many of today's Jewish communal heads people who are either Holocaust survivors themselves or children of survivors those who remember the early years of Israel's struggle to survive Many forged ties with Netnayahu when he lived in the US Beinart chronicles Barack Obama's Zionist connections among prominent Liberal Zionists in the Chicago community Rabbi Arnold Jacob Wolf Judge Abner Mikva and others and the pressures on Obama to take a conservative approach over the years because of a combination of forces heads of Jewish organizations AIPAC and Netanyahu's end runs around Obama through Congress In the meantime American Jews are not as committed to Israel as American Jewish leaders who don't represent much of the American Jewish community want everyone to believe Their supporters are largely those who take the bait of the history of Jewish weakness the Holocaust and rampant anti Semitsm a poor sell to younger American Jews Beinart is a passionate Zionist; he wants to see the center reignited to advocate for an Israel that lives up to its liberal democratic fundamentals by remaining a Jewish state living alongside a Palestinian state In the end Beinart makes some recommendations that are either counterproductive calling for a boycott of goods produced in settlements or unwieldy state support for non publicreligious schools The recommendations while only a small part of the book have caused much alarm that strongly overshadow the value of the analysis offered by the author A well worthwhile read

  7. Lois Lois says:

    A well written well researched and insightful book by the manwho called Barack Obama the “first Jewish president” Beinart offers ideas towardseffecting peace in the Middle East along withstrengthening the Jewish community in the USThe author’s main premise is that both Israel under Netanyahuand the conservative Jewish leadership in the US have used the rationaleof the Holocaust to justify a deepening of the occupation In his view theyhave abandoned the democratic egalitarian Zionism ofTheodor Herzl as well as good Jewish values Hebelieves that peace will only come with a two statesolution and that Israel must delegitimize the occupationreturning to the green line in order to gain legitimacy before the world Additionally Beinart provides insights into what may not always be apparentmotivations of both Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu and the discord between them If you are concerned about the well being and continuityof the Jewish people the alienation of younger liberal Jews from mainstreamJewish organizations and the future and uality of life within the State of Israel read this book

  8. Lewis Weinstein Lewis Weinstein says:

    OP ED COLUMNIST ROGER COHEN NYT 21412 Peter Beinart’s “The Crisis of Zionism” is an important new book that rejects the manipulation of Jewish victimhood in the name of Israel’s domination of the Palestinians and asserts that the real issue for Jews today is not the challenge of weakness but the demands of power What Netanyahu and major American Jewish organizations miss is that in Beinart’s words “the less democratic Zionism becomes in practice the people across the world will uestion the legitimacy of Zionism itself” Israel he states rightly is a democracy within the green line “but in the West Bank it is an ethnocracy a place where Jews enjoy citizenship and Palestinians do not” Obama who started out saying settlements must stop ended up vetoing a UN Security Council resolution to that effect He had to shed his liberal Zionism for American political survival There could not be a clearer demonstration of why Beinart’s book is so important and timely for the future of Israel

  9. Elliot Ratzman Elliot Ratzman says:

    Beinart’s book is an important intervention and should be a topic of conversation between American Jews about our relationship with Israel and our own undemocratic elites Non Jews would benefit from listening in especially since a Liberal Zionist view is so rarely taken seriously by The Left Meanwhile the reviews from The Right are the same petty seuences of denials double standards subject changing and bigotry we’ve heard before from The Israel Lobby book to J Street’s moderate Zionism While flawed here and there the book is basically sound and I agree with most of Beinart’s arguments but shy from some of his otherwise creative conclusions As an insider he’s privy to some sharp stories and has a strong chapter on Obama’s liberal Jewish influences It’s a spry read that usefully reframes the debate—calling the West Bank “Undemocratic Israel” and “East of Democracy” in order to champion the erstwhile Democratic part within the 67 borders For this he’s done Zionism a favor

  10. Beth Beth says:

    This book makes a passionate case for liberal American Jews to take seriously and act to combat the erosion of liberal values in the governmental policies of today's Israel He makes a persuasive argument that the country has strayed dangerously from the principles upon which it was founded and that through relative indifference and inaction the liberal majority of American Jewry has ceded the community's voice on the matter to a wealthy right wing minority that powerfully influences American foreign policy The book is an important wake up call to the American Jewish community

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