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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (133 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Beinart Narrator: Lloyd James Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The author of The Icarus Syndrome analyzes the looming danger to Israeli democracy and the American-Jewish establishment’s refusal to confront it.

A dramatic shift is taking place in Israel and America. In Israel, the deepening occupation of the West Bank is putting Israeli democracy at risk. In the United States, the refusal of major Jewish organizations to defend democracy in the Jewish state is alienating many young liberal Jews from Zionism itself. In the next generation, the liberal Zionist dream—the dream of a state that safeguards the Jewish people and cherishes democratic ideals—may die.

In The Crisis of Zionism, Peter Beinart lays out in chilling detail the looming danger to Israeli democracy and the American Jewish establishment’s refusal to confront it. And he offers a fascinating, groundbreaking portrait of the two leaders at the center of the crisis: Barack Obama, America’s first “Jewish president,” a man steeped in the liberalism he learned from his many Jewish friends and mentors in Chicago; and Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister who considers liberalism the Jewish people’s special curse. These two men embody fundamentally different visions not just of American and Israeli national interests but of the mission of the Jewish people itself.

Beinart concludes with provocative proposals for how the relationship between American Jews and Israel must change. He eloquently and movingly appeals for American Jews to defend the dream of a democratic Jewish state before it is too late.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Passionately argued.”

    New Yorker

  • “Important and timely for the future of Israel.”

    New York Times

  • “An elegant, deeply honest look at the failure of Jewish liberalism in forging Israel as a democratic state…Straight talk by a clear-thinking intellectual with his heart in the right place.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Bonniecco cco | 1/16/2014

    " This is a terrific discussion of the current situation in Israel, and an analysis of how so many Jewish organizations in the USA came to be uncritical endorsers of Israeli government policies. The writer explains clearly the impossibility of Israel remaining a liberal democratic nation while it is a occupying power. Chapters on President Obama and current Prime Minister Netanyahu explain well how they came to hold the views they do today. Beinart is also concerned with the dilution of "jewishness" (my term since I no longer have the book in the USA, and attributes it partly to the younger generations' discomfort with Israeli policy toward the Palestinians. He has solutions too. This is not a long book, only about 200 pages. It is easy to read, clear, and convincing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Holly | 1/12/2014

    " An American perspective and a fine companion to The Unmaking of Israel by Gershom Gorenberg. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Erich | 1/5/2014

    " A must read, on every level. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Adam Morris | 12/7/2013

    " Absolutely spot on. A very good gauge of the attitudes and inner conflicts of liberal American Jews in the age of a seemingly more angry and belligerent Israeli leadership. "

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About the Author

Peter Beinart is an associate professor of journalism and political science at the City University of New York and a senior fellow at the New America Foundation. He is the senior political writer for the Daily Beast and a contributor to Time. Beinart is a former fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and the author of The Good Fight. He lives with his family in Washington, DC.