A heck of a full-page ad in the New York Times the other day, don’t you think? For an event at Yeshiva University this Tuesday. Someone’s spendy.
At least three of the panelists are rightwingers, including the formidable Sheldon Adelson, and Shmuley Boteach, mentor to Democrats (Senator-elect Cory Booker and Ambassador Samantha Power).
It would seem that in the view of this panel, Jewish existence is predicated on the existence of the state of Israel, because Jews everywhere else are assimilating. This is connected to Yair Lapid’s idea that the only place you can be Jewish is Israel. (And to the widespread belief inside Israel that American Jews are falling away from Judaism.)
Many supporters of Israel say it is anti-Semitic to oppose the existence of a Jewish state. I imagine this panel will agree.
Thanks to Helena Cobban, who took the photograph at the top.