Red state, blue state

[T]oday, for the first time since the Talmudic era, there are two strong, self-confident centers of Jewish life. One of them embodies the Zionist proposition; the other rejects it outright. American Jews, the largest diaspora population, don’t believe they are living in exile, or even in danger …

In effect, Israeli Jews are a red state while American Jews are a blue state. Seventy-seven percent of Israeli Jews approve of President Trump’s handling of relations between the U.S. and Israel, compared with only 34% of American Jews.

William A. Galston (paywall) I hope I’m not deluded, but this seemed a pretty powerful summary of where things stand today. This, too, was affecting:

This is where the existence of Israel becomes a transformative fact. A poem by Robert Frost contains a thought-provoking line: “Home is where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.” Israel is the only country that guarantees immediate entry and citizenship to every Jew who knocks on its door. This is the sense in which Israel is the home for all Jews.

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