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America's liberal Jews have the only voice powerful enough to fight self-defeating Israeli nationalism and US chauvinism. They must speak out

By Anatol Lieven   May 2003

Tony Blair has declared “I do not believe there is any other issue with the same power to reunite the world community than progress on the issues of Israel and Palestine.” He is right; and these words, coming from America’s only serious ally in this present war, pose a moral challenge to all Americans.

Above all, however, they are a challenge to members of the Jewish liberal tradition, both in America and in Britain. This challenge is not only to live up to the internationalism of that tradition, it is to support what anyone, not blinded by nationalism, must surely…

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