The Crisis of Zionism
A dramatic shift is taking place in Israel and America. In Israel, the deepening occupation of the West Bank is putting Israeli democracy at risk. In the United States, the refusal of major Jewish organizations to defend democracy in the Jewish state is alienating many young l ...more
The book's central theme is how can Israel be saved as a democracy? Time is running out, Beinart argues, because the settlements continue to expand, and this will leave Israel wit ...more
who called Barack Obama the “first Jewish president”, Beinart offers ideas towards
effecting peace in the Middle East along with
strengthening the Jewish community in the U.S.
The author’s main premise is that both Israel under Netanyahu
and the conservative Jewish leadership in the U.S., have used the rationale
of the Holocaust to justify a deepening of the occupation. In his view, they
have abandoned the democratic, egalitarian Zionism of ...more
Peter Beinart’s “The Crisis of Zionism” is an important new book that rejects the manipulation of Jewish victimhood in the name of Israel’s domination of the Palestinians and asserts that the real issue for Jews today is not the challenge of weakness but the demands of power.
What Netanyahu and major American Jewish organizations miss is that, in Beinart’s words, “the less democratic Zionism becomes in practice, the more people across the world will ...more
As its title declares, he sees Zionism in crisis, that is, the Zionism of Israel's founders - true Zionism ...more
Zionism, as Beinart defines it, was supposed to be a movement to create a ...more
We know that Israel faces a contradiction: its role as a Jewish state is threatened by dilution by non-Jewish Palestinians, but denying basic rights and citizenship to the Palestinians threatens Israel's role as a democratic state. Beinert's thesis is that it's okay to have a contradiction, but expressly not okay for Jews to do to Palestinians what they're doing today.
He doesn't try to paint the Pal ...more
The book suffers from two flaws that make me unable to fully celebrate it, despite my excitement at Beinart's articulation of his thesis. For one ...more
If you are an Israeli or a Jew, though, this book is something you should definitely read. Peter Beinart, a self proclaimed Jewish Partisan, is connecting the fate of the world wide Secular Je ...more
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
While most of Beinart’s arguments are not novel, they are presented with unerring p ...more
As usual in a political ...more
Excellent analysis and exposition. As an Israeli turned American, it fits brilliantly with what I know about Israel, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, America's role and American Jewry's role in this. And it tells the story well to those who should know, passionately yet crisply.
Israel cannot be all three: big, Jewish and democratic; it must, but seems unable, to settle on only the rig ...more
My only complaint about the book is that he relies a little too much on religious arguments towards the end, and ...more
It is for this reason that I felt indebted to read this book. I actually care and value what Beinart says about Judaism and the state of Jews in the diaspora. With that said, every single sentence he writes on politics is cringe worthy. Nearly every statement is misleading, while accompan ...more
Even though most of this short book — the seemingly well-reported series of incidents in which Netanyahu is an aggressor and Obama a vacilatory appeaser — seem like padding they are well written.
The only real problem is that in the end of a book about why American Jews should be more engaged, Beinart argues for what is a form disengagement: the withdrawal from public schools. This is a much, much bigger and more troubling recommendation ...more