Nation: Is There a Jewish Foreign Policy?

IF it accomplished nothing else, the brouhaha over Georges Pompidou's American sojourn underscored the delicate dilemma of American Jews vis-à-vis Israel. As individuals or as a community, they certainly had every right to express their feelings about the French President's pro-Arab views. But is it sound tactics or proper behavior for any group of U.S. citizens to insult a visiting head of state? Many sober-minded Jews who are ordinarily strangers to picket lines would answer that their consciences demanded loud protest. In fact, compared with other recent demonstrations, these were small and extremely orderly. Booing Pompidou, of course, is only part...

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