American Jews and Israel
Publication Date: February 1988
Publisher(s): American Jewish Committee
Author(s): Jonathan D. Sarna
Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Keywords: Diaspora Relations; Israel Attachment; Public Opinion
Coverage: United States
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).