It is when great expectation confronts disappointment, when love is hamstrung by betrayal and yearning, that we learn that real commitment is tested in the crucible of heartache, in the desperate wish that things had been different, or still could be. Zionism is actually no different.
Taken as a whole, then, what did Israelis do? They reelected Netanyahu, because Iran still looms, and they trust him more than anyone else to make the right life-and-death decisions. But at the very same time, voters are clearly tired of Netanyahu’s bravado. Those convinced that there’s no deal to be had with the Palestinians prefer Bennett’s lack of pretense; those not yet certain clipped Netanyahu’s wings with Lapid’s scissors, hoping that will force the prime minister to give it a serious try.
The Jewish State must end, say its enemies, from intellectuals like Tony Judt to hate-filled demagogues like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Even average Israelis are wondering if they wouldn't be better off somewhere else.
Yom HaAtzama'ut Interview with International Christian Embassy
Reflections on Yom haZikaron and Yom haAtzma'ut
AIPAC Policy Conference Video
Daniel Gordis on the shared values of Israel and the United State.
Why Israel Matters
Why Israel's survival is critical to the future of Jews throughout the world is addressed by Dr. Daniel Gordis, senior vice president of the Shalem Center and author of "Saving Israel." A Shalom TV exclusive.
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Daniel Gordis Sokoloff Lecture Ellis Island, Israel and the Power of Feeling at Home
Daniel Gordis on What Israel Means to the Jewish People
Daniel Gordis on J Street's Endorsement of Goldstone Report