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Attitudes of American Jewry Toward the Arab-Israeli Conflict

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Publication Date: January 1985

Publisher(s): Jewish Agency for Israel

Author(s): Eytan Gilboa

Series: Forum: on the Jewish People, Zionism and Israel, No. 57/58 (Winter/Spring 1985/1986)

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)

Keywords: Israeli-Palestinian Conflict; Diaspora Relations; Public Opinion; War

Type: Other

Coverage: United States


The author contends that since the establishment of Israel in 1948, American Jewry has functioned as an important link between Israel and the rest of American society. According to the author, the main purpose of the article was to ascertain, on the basis of reliable public opinion polls, whether American Jewry drifted away from Israel in the early 1980s. Despite the fact that events in the early 1980s were particularly difficult and challenging to American Jews and their relationship to Israel, he concludes that the partnership between American Jewry and Israel remained solid over this time.