The title of the article says it all. Family disagreements need to be kept within the confines of the family and not broadcast to the world. As an American and Israeli (citizenship in both countries, dividing time between New Jersey and Herzliya), I feel better equipped than most to understand positions on both sides. American Jews, particularly the liberal young, have grown up in a milieu of criticism. They are antiwar, pro abortion, and so it goes. Israel, a member of the family, is clearly not off limits. I know many in America who are in agreement with J Street and perhaps JVP. My Israeli circle, however, is comprised of similar types of people and yet, not surprisingly, those who have even heard of J Street and JVP (remarkably few) are diametrically opposed to their rhetoric. They feel, and I agree, that unless you are in the shoes of an Israeli, keep your opinions to yourself. This may be the "old" Zionism but, hey, if it ain't broke, please please don't fix it! How many Israeli organizations are based upon criticizing the United States? It's the old "put up or shut up." Why do these activists feel they have a moral edge over their Israeli brothers? The Jews of Israel can handle their affairs. Yes, it's true. Israel is really a democracy. And, for those American women seeking to worship at the Kotel, may I suggest that they first try bringing egalitarianism to their neighborhood Orthodox shuls and see how it flies. Perhaps when the vast majority of worshipers at the Wall are from liberal American movements we will see women with Torahs there. Until then, it's pure chutzpah. And I am a liberal Jew who davens in egalitarian synagogues in West Orange and Herzliya.
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from the article: Our brothers, ourselves