What goes on in diaspora Jewish communities is reported much more now than it ever was and since Israelis now travel so extensively, knowing about what's happening abroad has also become a social asset. Unfortunately the focus is usually on antisemitic incidents which makes for a distorted picture of reality. Having said that, it is unrealistic to want Israelis to feel closer to Jews abroad than they do to their fellow citizens. If Americans are shocked by Yehoshua, they shouldn't be. He's been saying the same thing for 30 years. Where have they been? Coming to Israel in groups to have egoes massaged by leading politicians and look at the natives through tinted windows is not going to give Americans or Europeans any idea of how people live or what their preoccupations are. And if Israel is ever to grow up, it will need to wean itself off financial dependence on those groups. Relations with the Jews of Chicago or Manhattan are not a thing of the past, but their nature has to change.
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