Breaking a Long Silence

U.S. Jews start cautiously to question Israeli policy

"For a while, American Jews became not a chosen people but a frozen people, unable to talk or dissent. I am glad we are getting thawed out."

So says Albert Vorspan, vice president of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, but his is not a popular view. Most American Jews are apprehensive, if not heartsick, about the anguished debate that has broken out inside their community on the actions of Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin's government. The war in Lebanon, and Begin's brusque rejection of President...

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