American Jewry and the State of Israel: How Intense the Bonds of Peoplehood?

By Steven Bayme

Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA), June 18, 2008

The author describes how American Jewish leadership, initially ambivalent about the creation of a Jewish state, quickly formed a pro-Israeli consensus within the Jewish community. The 1950 Ben-Gurion-Blaustein Agreement effectively removed many of the sources of tension in American Jewish-Israeli relations such as dual loyalty, negation of the Diaspora, and who may speak on behalf of the Jewish people. In turn, American Jewish leadership helped frame an ongoing special relationship between Washington and Jerusalem. He concludes that although tensions remain in relations between Israel and American Jewry, particularly over issues of personal status and religious pluralism, the pro-Israeli consensus has generally held firm over a sixty-year period.

Topic: Diaspora Relations, Peoplehood, Israel-Diaspora Relations, Jewish Identification, Israel Attachment, Israel's Impact on American Jewry, Israel Advocacy, Hasbara

Name of Publication: Jewish Political Studies Review

Volume/Issue: Vol. 20/No. 1-2

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Genre: Report

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Bayme, Steven. American Jewry and the State of Israel: How Intense the Bonds of Peoplehood?. Jewish Political Studies Review. Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA). 18 June 2008:


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