That might eventually occur, but right now, this is much more a matter of American Jewry’s objections to Israel’s political culture. Too often, American Jews think that Israel is what its leaders say it is or that Israelis are who their leaders appear to be.
On the one hand, there is a process of detachment from Israel, often expressed as indifference and apathy.
But the majority of American Jews, about 70 percent, remains emotionally attached to Israel.
There were always tensions, and they exist today, too.
But the real story is that there are much closer relations than ever before.
That said, there is a growing sense that Israeli and American Jewry are two separate communities moving in opposite directions.
Since the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin and the second intifada (2000-2005), Israeli Jews and Israeli politics have moved to the right.There is an ahistorical attitude that looks at the honeymoon period after 1967 as the norm.However, the American Jewish relationship with Israel has always been in flux, and it has not always, or even often, been characterized by strong, unequivocal support for Israel.Democracies are a tricky business, and in Israel, with its many political parties and coalition governments, it’s trickier than in other places.Israel’s government cannot claim to represent all Israelis.Israelis have to be tough; American Jews have to be flexible.