The Agony Over Israel

American Jews face a dilemma: how to criticize the Jewish state without seeming disloyal

It has been an article of faith held by every government of Israel since the Jewish state was founded: no matter how much American Jews might disagree with Israeli policy, they could be counted on not to make their criticisms public. No more. The American Jewish community has become a house divided -- and sometimes loudly so -- over Israel's treatment of Palestinians in the occupied areas and its reluctance to pursue a comprehensive settlement that finally might bring peace to the region.

A rising chorus of dissent and reassessment is being heard, even from those known for their enduring commitment...

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