Regarding the one-state solution, which Levy says (in this posting) is inevitable since the colonial settlers have clearly had their way, it is striking that American values are really not transplanted to Israel, which claims to share important values with the United States.
Consider this nominally left-wing expression of American values, due to Woody Guthrie:
“This land is your land, this land is my land,
From California to the New York island,
From the redwood forests to the Gulf Stream waters,
This land was made for you and me…”
Who in this one state, a fait accompli, is going to sing anything like that?
And this nominally right-wing expression of American values:
“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America,
And to the Republic for which it stands,
One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
Who in this one state, a fait accompli, is going to make a pledge anything like that?
I’m American, and Jewish, grew up in and have lived in the Boston area for many years. I was singing this song and repeating this pledge in school more times than I can possibly remember. If there were American values that I was taught, these were leading examples.
I don’t pretend that the United States really is everything that the song and pledge evoke. But each of them is an expression of what, in principle, we are supposed to be doing.
What shared values? What shared principles?