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Relationship of Younger Generation of American Jews with Israel Eroding

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The relationship between US Jewish youth and Israel presents serious concerns. The majority of the older Jewish community grew up with first-hand memories of the Holocaust, and still sees Israel as the center of Jewish life. Those Jews embrace Israel even when the country’s internal politics are not clear to them, when they have reservations about Israel’s approach to State versus religion issues or when they are worried about its political decisions and actions.

This unwavering support, which has remained steadfast even in the face of political differences, viewpoints and style, relies heavily on the realization that the Israelis are the ones who shoulder the burden of sovereign Jewish existence and carry this responsibility in an immensely difficult environment.

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