Peter Beinart author of The Crisis of Zionism
A key point of Peter Beinart’s 2010 attack on The Failure of the American Jewish Establishment, which comes out in expanded book form in a month, is the idea that many young liberal American Jews are “alienated” from Zionism. Beinart referred to surveys by pollster Frank Luntz and sociologist Steven Cohen among others.
Well guess what? They are no longer alienated!
I was reading a seriously hysterical critique of Beinart’s new book The Crisis of Zionism at Sheldon Adelson’s Israeli newspaper and noted a strange statistic on American Jewish youth based on a survey sponsored by The Israel Project (TIP) and the American Israeli Cooperative Enterprise (AICE).
Mitchell Bard is Executive Director of AICE. He cites a survey by Public Opinion Strategies (POS), a Republican polling firm, that completely contradicts Beinart’s sources. Bard reveals the findings in the Jerusalem Post: ‘ Young Jews are Pro-Israel ‘:
The nationwide poll of 400 Jewish college students sponsored by the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise and The Israel Project found:
· 90% agree that Israel is the spiritual center of the Jewish people.
· 83% said caring about Israel is an important part of being Jewish.
· 73% said American and Israeli Jews share a common destiny.
· 89% have warm/favorable feelings toward Israel.
· 78% sympathize with Israel vis-a-vis the Palestinians.
· 84% think America should support Israel.
That’s a far cry from Beinart’s sources:
[M]any professing “a near-total absence of positive feelings.”
As positive editorial reviews are stacking up for Beinart, the groundwork is being laid to slam The Crisis of Zionism from all angles. A major brouhaha erupted when NYT’s new Jerusalem bureau chief, Jodi Rudoren, gave it thumbs up and we can expect a lot more where that came from. The battle lines are drawn for an extended fight.
Rust never sleeps.
P.S. Don’t forget Isi Leibler’s review at Israel Hayom. It’s so bad it’s funny: “Netanyahu is portrayed [by Beinart] as the devil incarnate”. How camp is that?