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  • One Tribe, Multiple Minyans

    Ken Stein - February 13, 2018

    Four out of every five Jews in the world live in the United States and Israel; 6.3 million in Israel, 6.7 million in the US.  According to Pew Research Center Studies, 7 in 10 American Jews feel attached or very attached to Israel.

  • American Officials on Zionism, Israel, and the US-Israeli Relationship, 1947 – 2018

    Ken Stein - January 28, 2018

    For more than seventy years the US government developed and revised its attitude toward Zionism and Israel. Using published archives, press conferences, speeches and numerous interviews, this compilation of  50 quotations traces how American views of Zionism and Israel changed. Frosty and distant attitudes toward Israel in the late 1940s have become effusive embraces of Israel and its security tempered by disagreements about Israel’s political behavior in other fields, including negotiations with the Arab world.

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Early History to 1897: Identity Formation and Modern Zionism
Era 1
  • Jewish law, custom and anti-Semitism knitted Jews as a people
  • Surviving as a minority schooled Jews on self-reliance
  • Failure to achieve civic equality prompted Zionism, Jewish nationalism
Era I
Era II 1898 to 1948: Autonomy and State-Building
Theodore Hertzl
  • Translating an idea into reality required Jewish leadership, commitment, and pragmatism
  • Recruiting support from great powers made Israel a reality
  • Inept Arab decisions and societal fragmentation gave Zionists an unsurmountable edge
Era II
Era III 1949 to 1979: From Sovereignty to Recognition
  • Israel’s building blocks linked people, land, an economy and collective self-defense
  • Success in the June 1967 War solidified Israel as a state
  • Egypt took the unprecedented Arab step of accepting Israel as a reality
Era IV 1980 to Present: Recognition to Normalization
Era IV
  • Israel flourished as a democracy with a multi-party system
  • Solidifying a strategic relationship with the US benefitted both country’s welfare
  • Seeking peaceful borders and neighbors determined its well-being
Era IV