Brain Bush’s Blog

Settlements and US Jews

  • By : Brian Bush
  • March 28, 2012
  • 12:16 am

Hi All,

Israel's tension with the United Nations Human Rights Council continues.

At issue is an official investigation by the UN into Israel's policies on West Bank settlements.

Some in the American Jewish community view settlements as disruptive to Israel, and are expressing their view.

Even in Europe, two Ambassadors for Israel have voiced their support for taking a hard look at Israel's settlement policy.

Currently in Washington DC there is a conference of Jewish leadership meeting where voices of moderation have been heard.

This voice isn't new. Back in 1943, American Jewish leader Rabbi Stephen Weiss made a famous remark.

It was at the height of World War II, and he said that, 'American Jews are first and foremost Americans', and since then the identification of U.S. Jews with America has only strengthened.

Israel's settlement enterprise is the most controversial subject in the Jewish community at this time

And at a time when some Israelis, even from the political left, have become accustomed to the settlements, a growing amount of young American Jews are viewing the settlements as a distraction for Israel, and are raising their voices.

Brian Bush
Middle East Correspondent
LeSEA Broadcasting

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