Israel’s new government should be seen as a call to action for anyone who cares about Israel’s
future, about its character and about its wellbeing. This call applies not only to citizens of the state of
Israel, but also – maybe even mainly – to those who are looking at Israel from outside, and, as outsiders, are
best positioned to put a mirror before the Israeli public, to serve as a reality check.
The reality is that this government distinctly represents and expresses what the enlightened world, including
progressive Americans who care deeply about Israel, have in recent years grown to resent about Israel’s
conservative political elite.
The reality is that this political elite, characterized by a combination of jingoistic nationalism and religious
conservatism, ethnocentrism and xenophobia, intolerance of dissent and disrespect for basic democratic principles,
represents a set of values that is diametrically opposed to the values that most Americans, particularly young
Americans, hold dear. More to the point, the reality is that this combination of reactionary beliefs, often
zealously proclaimed in the name of Judaism, is the very antithesis of what most American Jews define as “Jewish