Journalist Peter Beinart discusses his book The Crisis of Zionism (Picador, 2013). The talk will be followed by a Q&A.
About the Speaker
Peter Beinart is the author of The Icarus Syndrome and The Good Fight. A former editor of The New Republic, he is a senior political writer for The Daily Beast and the editor-in-chief of Open Zion, a blog about Israel and the Jewish future. He is an associate professor of journalism and political science at the City University of New York and a senior fellow at the New America Foundation. He lives with his family in New York City.
About the Book
In Israel, the deepening occupation of the West Bank is putting Israeli democracy at risk. And in the United States, the refusal of major Jewish organizations to defend democracy in the Jewish state is alienating many young liberal Jews from Zionism itself. The Crisis of Zionism lays out in chilling detail the looming danger to Israeli democracy and the American Jewish establishment's refusal to confront it. It renders a fascinating, groundbreaking portrait of two leaders at the center of the crisis: Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu. Beinart offers provocative proposals for how the relationship between American Jews and Israel must change, and an eloquent and moving appeal for American Jews to defend the dream of a democratic Jewish state before it is too late.
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