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By Jack Ross

Dramatic alterations have taken position within the final decade with admire to the perspectives of the yankee Jewish group towards Israel and Zionism. because the starting of the second one Intifada in 2000, the involvement of the Israel foyer in precipitating the Iraq warfare and selling warfare on Iran, and Israel’s extensively condemned wars in Lebanon and Gaza, huge swaths of the yankee Jewish group were disillusioned with Israel and Zionism as at no different time because the founding of the country of Israel.

However, anti-Zionism in the US has an extended historical past. Elmer Berger used to be absolutely the best-known Jewish anti-Zionist in the course of such a lot of his lifetime, rather from international conflict II during the 1967 Six-Day battle and its aftermath. A Reform rabbi, Berger served all through that interval because the government director of the yank Council for Judaism, an anti-Zionist association based via top Reform rabbis.

Author Jack Ross locations liberal Jewish anti-Zionism (as against that of Orthodox or progressive socialist Jews) in old point of view. That model of anti-Zionism used to be nearly embodied by means of Rabbi Berger and his predecessors within the Reform rabbinate. He endorsed forcefully for his place, a lot to the chagrin of his Zionist detractors. The starting to be renaissance of liberal Jewish anti-Zionism, mixed with the forgotten paintings of Rabbi Berger and the yank Council for Judaism, makes a compelling case for revisiting his paintings during this full-length, definitive biography.

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