Beinart and Beyond
No essay in recent years as created as much debate and conversation in the American Jewish community as "The Failure of the American Jewish Establishment," by Peter Beinart.
Beinart argues, in sum, that:
Among American Jews today, there are a great many Zionists, especially in the Orthodox world, people deeply devoted to the State of Israel. And there are a great many liberals, especially in the secular Jewish world, people deeply devoted to human rights for all people, Palestinians included. But the two groups are increasingly distinct. Particularly in the younger generations, fewer and fewer American Jewish liberals are Zionists; fewer and fewer American Jewish Zionists are liberal. One reason is that the leading institutions of American Jewry have refused to foster -- indeed, have actively opposed -- a Zionism that challenges Israel's behavior in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and toward its own Arab citizens. For several decades, the Jewish establishment has asked American Jews to check their liberalism at Zionism's door, and now, to their horror, they are finding that many young Jews have checked their Zionism instead.
We have collected some of the most interesting reactions to Beinart's essay. These responses, available at rac.org/beinart and below, reflect a lively discourse across the spectrum of the American Jewish community.
We encourage you to join your voice to this conversation by commenting below.
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Selected Responses to
Failure of the American Jewish Establishment"
Beinart Spar," by Marc Tracy, Tablet Magazine
Special Relationship," Eight essays by figures from around the Jewish
community, Foreign Policy
the Israel Estrangement Syndrome," by James Kirchick, Foreign Policy
"Whither Liberal Zionism?"
Editorial, The Jewish Daily Forward
"My generation ruined Israel, yours could save it," by Bradley Burston, Haaretz
To Peter Beinart," by Jonathan Chait, The
Chait, and that Disappearing Zionist Feeling," by Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic