World: Debate About the Settlements

Israeli Novelist Amos Oz has written of his people that their demand is absolute: "Either they have the best country in the world, the purest, the fulfillment of the highest moral standards, or else there is total disillusionment. Paradoxically, the outside world tends to view Israel with much the same perspective." Nowhere in the outside world are Israel and its actions subjected to greater scrutiny than in the U.S., home to 6 million Jews.

Last month, 59 prominent American Jews sent Premier Menachem Begin an open letter that criticized Israel's policy of setting up...

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