An Open Dialogue on Israel?

October 21, 2007 at 4:14 pm | Posted in Israel | Leave a comment

The Jewish Telegraphic Agency published a really interesting opinion piece by Naomi Chazan, former deputy speaker of the Knesset, arguing that the dialogue that American Jews regularly have about Israel should be brought out into the public sphere.

It does often seem that frequently diverging views about what policies are good for Israel get transformed into a monolithic opinion when organizational leaders speak to the press or to non-Jews.  I have heard the argument that the nuance and discussion within the Jewish community would simply make Jews look weak on Israel.  Do you think this is true?

How should we address what we do see as Israel’s flaws in the public sphere and is Naomi right that we need that discussion to be public?  Or should we stick to the region of near-universal support, namely that Israel has a right to exist?

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