Jon Stewart Made It Okay to Be Ambivalent About Israel

The Daily Show star captures the way many of us who care about Israel struggle to reconcile our commitment to the country with a deep ambivalence about the direction of its policies – and the inability to have meaningful dialogue about it here in America.

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Within days of taking over “The Daily Show” in 1999, Jon Stewart, then 36 years old and sporting floppy brown hair, was poking fun at the Jews. The catalyst was a skirmish in which a number of ultra-Orthodox...