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Diaspora’s Liberal Nationalism And The Call Of The Homeland: The American Jewish Case

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Two themes dominate this chapter: the attachment of American Jewry to their historic homeland-the State of Israel; and the role of this Diaspora's ingrained liberalism in this connection. The Jewish Diaspora's support of the development and independence of a Jewish state in the historic homeland has always had a significant social-ideological dimension. The social-democratic factor followed, envisioning the State as being especially progressive and enlightened, akin to the American dream. Some erosion of Judaism and changes in the nature of the American- Jewish identity have taken place in recent decades; this trend is subtly accompanied by a decline in the American-Jewish Diaspora's attachment to the State of Israel. The liberal characteristics of American Jewry and the parallel genuine democratic nature of Israel help make a context wherein the new patterns of relationships between the two communities can comfortably develop and constructively interact.

Keywords: American Jewish case; Diaspora's liberal nationalism; historic homeland



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