My Brother the Stranger - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Mark
    • 02.04.11 | 16:10 (IDT)

    Good article. The problems that confound the Israel's complex relationship with the Jewish diaspora only mirror the fault lines in its own society. Over the 20+ years I have been travelling here, I have seen people swing from optimisim about thier political future to disengagement from civil society. The rise of the religious orthodoxy has only exacerbated this. Israelis seem content to hand control to a dangerous cocktail of religious control and over thier personal lives (as long as no one asks them to go to shul, or stop eating traif) and extreme political views over thier national lives. There is also this sense in some right wing Israeli circles that Israel can depend on western support by right, and disconnect that support from diaspora Jewish communities. That is a dangerous narriative and simply false. Israelis should see what is happening in the Jewish diaspora as the canary in the mine and wake up to the damage that is occuring.

    from the article: Our brothers, ourselves
    First published 11:37 01.04.11 | Last updated 11:37 01.04.11
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