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A New Voice for Israel: Fighting for the Survival of the Jewish Nationby Jeremy Ben-ami
Synopses & Reviews
Many Americans who care about Israels future are questioning whether the hard-line, uncritical stances adopted by many traditional pro-Israel advocates really serve the countrys 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. These myths include:
• 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
• 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.
With Palestinian statehood nearing a vote in the United Nations, the international community is again focused on Israel and the United States's role in resolving the conflict. In A New Voice for Israel, JStreet founder Jeremy Ben-Ami argues that now, more than ever, it's essential that Americans question the received wisdom on what is best for the future of Israel. Dismantling the misguided Washington notion that Jews are single-issue voters, he warns that traditional Israel advocacy is driving a wedge between younger Jews and their community, putting the interests of both the United States and Israel at risk. This is an urgent call to secure Israel's future through peace—and for all Jews to support a more inclusive and varied discussion about Israel, rooted in the traditional Jewish values of tolerance and justice.
About the Author
Jeremy Ben-Ami is the founder and president of J Street, an advocacy group and political action committee that is both pro-Israel and pro-peace. Ben-Ami has been profiled in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, CQ Weekly, and The New York Times. During his 25-year career in government, politics, and communications, Ben-Ami has served as President Bill Clinton's deputy domestic policy adviser, and as national policy director on Howard Dean's presidential campaign, and has helped run numerous political campaigns, including one for mayor of New York City. He also started the Israeli firm Ben-Or Communications while living in Israel in the late 1990s. He lives in Washington, D.C.
Table of Contents
The Pioneers and the Builders
Born in the USA
Sixty Seconds in Santa Fe
The Loudest Eight Percent
Ending the Conflict
The Crossroads of Politics and Policy on Israel
Five Million Jews, One Opinion?
Re-Writing the Rules
What Becomes of Tel Aviv in 2109?
America's Stake in Ending the Conflict
Giving Voice to Our Values
What Our Readers Are Saying
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