The New Realism: American Jews' Views about Israel

By Theodore Sasson

American Jewish Committee (AJC), June 2009

This report asserts that few studies have examined the views of American Jews on political issues pertaining to Israel and the relationship between these views and their broader feelings of connection to the Jewish state. The author's conclusions find that most respondents expressed centrist views emphasizing the twin goals of peace and security. In addition, the author finds that most participants can and do contextualize whatever objections they have to particular Israeli policies within an overall framework of identification and support. Finally the author finds that most focus group participants expressed intellectual commitment to the cause of a Jewish and democratic state.

Topic: Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Israel Attachment, Public Opinion, Religion

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Genre: Report

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Sasson, Theodore. The New Realism: American Jews' Views about Israel. American Jewish Committee (AJC). June 2009:


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