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The Crisis of Zionism by Peter Beinart
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May 10, 2012

really liked it
Read from May 10 to 23, 2012

It's a wonderfully written book. Concise and to the point.

It deals with 3 things:
1) The split between democratic and autocratic Israel through the green line
2) Obama being an enormous coward
3) The future of American Jewish community.

What's missing is the obvious conclusion. Beinart narrates the parable of the pagan king that scoffed at his Jewish advisers when they claimed their religion forbade them violence. If they could, the king replied, they would.

Now we know the pagan was right. Beinart argues that the Jewish community should rediscover its liberalism and push for a two state solution. But his attachment to his community (including some weird anti-intermarriage comments) blinds him.

Judaism is just another religion. Opposing the Palestine occupation because of being Jewish is missing the point; it's the basic humanity in each of us that reminds us of how criminal the occupation is.
I feel the author's cries to arms should focus on this universal note, rather than hoping that his own community will carry the torch alone.


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