Dr. Charles H. Manekin, who writes under the penname, Jeremiah “Jerry” Haber, is professor of philosophy and Director of the Meyerhoff Center of Jewish Studies at the University of Maryland. He shares an Israeli, American, and Orthodox Jewish perspective in his many publications, including his blog the Magnes Zionist. He divides his time between Israel and the U.S.
Here he talks about Peter Beinart’s recent essays, giving up on a two-state solution to Israel/Palestine.
He writes, “Progressive American Jews should give up on the State of Israel, but not on Israelis or those who support them. Those righteous Israelis, Jews and Palestinian citizens, who are trying to change things for the better need support (just as American Jewish progressives need support from their progressive Israeli cousins). As for the other Israeli Jews, they should be treated as disapproved family members who range from relatively harmless bigots to condemnable segregationists and supremacists. To be more charitable, they may be viewed as children who have grown up captive to an ethno-nationalist morality and who need to be reeducated.”
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