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Ben-Ami, Jeremy
A new voice for Israel : fighting for the survival of the Jewish nation / Jeremy Ben-Ami
1st ed
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, c2011
book jacket
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 3rd Floor  E183.8.I7 B435 2011    AVAILABLE
Subject United States -- Foreign relations -- Israel
Israel -- Foreign relations -- United States
Subject(s) Zionists -- Political activity -- United States
Lobbying -- United States
Subject J Street (Organization) -- Influence
Subject(s) Jews -- United States -- Attitudes toward Israel
Jews -- United States -- Politics and government -- 21st century
Subject United States -- Ethnic relations
Physical Description xiv, 242 p. ; 25 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [225]-236) and index
Summary "Many Americans who care about Israel's future are questioning whether the hard-line, uncritical stances adopted by many traditional pro-Israel advocates really serve the country's best interests over the long-term. Moderate Jeremy Ben-Ami, founder of J Street, the new pro-Israel, pro-peace political movement, punctures many of the myths that have long guided our understanding of the politics of the American Jewish community and have been fundamental to how pro-Israel advocates have pursued their work including: -- that leaders of established Jewish organizations speak for all Jewish Americans when it comes to Israel -- that being pro-Israel means you cannot support creation of a Palestinian state -- that American Jews vote for candidates based largely on their support of Israel -- that talking peace with your enemies demonstrates weakness -- that allying with neoconservatives and evangelical Christians is good for Israel and good for the Jewish community. Ben-Ami, whose grandparents were first-generation Zionists and founders of Tel Aviv, tells the story of his own evolution toward a more moderate viewpoint. He sketches a new direction for both American policy and the conduct of the debate over Israel in the American Jewish community"--Provided by publisher

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