Yael Patir, Israel director of the left-leaning U.S. Jewish body, sat down with Haaretz to talk about Trump, the gap between U.S. and Israeli Jews, and the growing anger at the Israeli peace camp. Though she concedes boycott efforts by some on the left have a negative effect, she rejects calls to keep peace efforts local.01:12 01.05.16 | 4 comments
Amos Schocken makes, on the face of it, a convincing argument, but he avoids addressing the demographic issue in a week in which we have just marked Holocaust Remembrance Day. One of the lessons of the Holocaust is that Jews need their own sovereign state in which they can determine, as far as anyone can, their own fate. An open door policy on granting citizenship to Palestinian residents of the West Bank and Gaza Strip who had married Israeli Arabs would lead to large numbers of Palestinians claiming Israeli citizenship. That cannot be in the interests of Israel as a Jewish State. While I would concur that legislation on this issue is discriminatory, that is the price that has to be paid for maintaining a Jewish majority in the land of Israel. Schocken might be prepared to sacrifice that goal on the altar of equal rights, but most Jews are, I believe, less naive and stilled scarred by the price we have paid for there not having been a Jewish State prior to the Holocaust.