Does Israel Need U.S. Jewish Support?

Elliott Abrams began a conversation by asking what has caused American Jews to distance themselves from Israel and finding the main cause to be the 50-to-60 percent rate of Jewish intermarriage with non-Jews.

Martin Kramer then added a second factor: the changing balance of power between American and Israeli Jews. “When the state of Israel was established in 1948, there were six million American Jews and 700,000 Israelis: a proportion of nine to one. … today, the ratio of American to Israeli Jews is one-to-one—about six million in each country. In another twenty years, there will be well over eight million Jews in Israel, and probably fewer than six million in America.” Nor are numbers the whole story: “these Israelis are economically prosperous and militarily powerful” even as “Jewish political clout” erodes in the United States. As a result, Israelis pay less attention to American Jewish opinion, which in turn leads to American Jewish alienation.

I agree with both their arguments and should like to add a third perspective…

  • Alain

    Israel does not need American Jews, but American Jews need Israel even those too stupid to know it.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Blaming the intermarriage of Jews and Non-Jews is ridiculous.
    Most North American Jews are ethnically Jewish, and it ends there.
    They are defectors to atheism and as such have little need for an Israel.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      It’s more than just intermarriage and atheism, but a fundamental ignorance of the Bible even though the accuracy of its historical books has been proven time and again by archaeology.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    The silent majority of American Jews still support Israel.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Even the atheist Sabras I know go to the local orthodox shul semi regularly and would never set foot in any other.