Lesson of 2012: Israel's Progressive Jews Will Continue to Dissent

Israel’s progressives represent one of the deepest values of Jewish history: the value of dissent. For millennia, Jews flourished without having a politburo that told us how to think – and we will not let either Netanyahu and Lieberman or Rabbis Ovadia Yosef and Dov Lior dictate to us what to think, speak, or write.

2012 was a difficult year politically for secular-progressive Israelis and for Israel’s liberal friends. Netanyahu and Lieberman entrenched their position of power, and their imprint on Israeli political discourse is overwhelming.