Even Jewish Liberals Realize That Israel’s Purpose Isn’t to Be a Clone of America

Chemi Shalev’s reading of U.S. Jewry lumps the legitimate defense of the Jewish religious tradition with anti-Arab discrimination and zealous nationalism, laying the blame at least partly on Orthodox Jews. That’s offensive – and inaccurate.

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The majority of American Jews are hypocrites. They champion liberal values at home but ignore ostensible assaults on them in Israel. That’s the upshot of Chemi Shalev’s recent reading, in Haaretz, of the...