Butler's views on Israel and Zionism seem to me totally disconnected from reality. It is years since I heard Israelis speak dismissively of the Diaspora - young Israelis flock there and often remain. Butler strings together the work of wildly different writers who happen to be Jewish and tries to show that they represent 'Jewish values'. Her analysis is laughable and I'm surprised that so sensible an intellectual as Strenger can find anything to praise in her ideas. Perhaps it is a sign of despair at the current state of Israel politics.. Meanwhile, the truth is that Israels government today is alienating Jews in the Western democracies because its policies embarrass them and they fear a resurgence of anti semitism. Many Jewish intellectuals look for an excuse to dissociate themselves from the Jewish state and find it in theories such as those Butler has elaborated. It would be more honest to state their fears and embarrassment frankly, rather than to make capital of their cowardice..
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