Danaa, great comment. Vaguely reminds me of an exchange with a Jewish Canadian vs a Jewish American scholar. Multiculturalism vs the Melting Pot ideals. Long time ago.
There is a trace in Yonah Fredman’s post above. See his no 2. The Canadian, by the way, was a scholar of First Nation Rights vs the usual handling by the Canadian courts. I agree with Nathan too that Phil’s assimilationist position is sometimes not fully convincing.
No one can deny that America has benefitted enormously from its minorities, be they jewish, or black, or carribean or Cajun, or Asians, or Hispanic. All of them encountered difficulties on the road to integration, but all did, more or less successfully (OK, I am totally glossing over the not so good aspects now, but the fact that not all is well does not detract from the fact lots is well for most people. By no means all…).
How well will that perception survive the next decades? Both in the US and the “Western World”. Is there a chance that Israel will turn into “a light unto the nations”, a model to follow, how to effectively deal with the respective minorities? Not least Arabs and Muslim .
to pick up Mooser’s response: my prosperity, not yours or theirs? …