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2014-2015 Annual Assessment

  1. See JPPI’s 2014 Dialogue report: “Jewish and Democratic: Perspectives from World Jewry”
  2. A Pew survey conducted among U.S. Jewry in 2013 found similar results, using the same question: 48% responded that they do not believe that Israel is making a sincere effort to reach a peace settlement with the Palestinians while 38% responded that they do believe that Israel is making a sincere effort to reach a peace settlement with the Palestinians.
  3. The interim conclusions were presented in a Jewish Leadership conference in Long Island, U.S.A in May 18-19, 2015, and served as a further platform for discussion.
  4. In response to the survey question “How do you think Jews in your community feel about Israel’s recent armed conflicts”, 14% answered that Jews in their community feel “detached” and an additional 6% responded that members of their community feel “embarrassed”.
  5. See: Steven M. Cohen and Jack Wertheimer, “The Shrinking Jewish Middle – and How to Expand It,” JTA, November 2014. See also the chapter on Jewish Identity and Identification in this Annual Assessment.
  6. Ilan Zvi Baron, Obligation in Exile The Jewish Diaspora and Israel Critique, (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2015); and “Israel is Tearing the Jewish Communities Apart”, Haaretz, February 2015.
  7. Jonathan Freedland, “Liberal Zionism after Gaza,” New York Review of Books, July 2014. Further examples of such criticism can be found in the final report concluding the 2015 Dialogue.
  8. Atlanta; Barnegat, New Jersey; Bogota, Colombia; Budapest, Hungary; Chicago; Cleveland; Dallas; Glenside, Australia; Johannesburg, South Africa; London, UK; Los Angeles (The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, The American Jewish University and Hillel at UCLA); Melbourne, Australia; New York; Paris, France; Pittsburgh; Porte Alegre, Brazil; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Saint Louis; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Stamford; Tenafly, New Jersey; Toronto; Washington; and several young adult groups of Masa participants in Israel.
  9. For example, 17 out of 19 participants in the seminar in Glenside, Australia agreed with this.
  10. 10. 85% of the respondents agreed with the statement “IDF shows more restraint than other armies,” most of them strongly, while only 5% strongly disagreed with the statement.
  11. 59% strongly agreed with the statement, and an additional 9% somewhat agreed, 30% somewhat disagreed with the statement and only 2% strongly disagreed.
  12. Washington DC JPPI seminar, April 19, 2015, notes by Shmuel Rosner and Alexis Bock Robbins.
  13. “Community Bonds and Israel”, Annual Assessment 2013-2014, JPPI, 2014.
  14. 32% of respondents believe that Israel should conduct its armed conflicts without regard to the views of Diaspora Jews.
  15. Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring 2012 “Younger Jews, both under age 35 and between 35-44, are much less enthusiastic about Israel’s stance about the conflict. On the measure of “trust in Israeli leaders,” the younger respondents rank 20 points lower than their parents’ generation.”
  16. Shmuel Rosner, “Debating Religion and State, Debating Distancing,” JPPI, 2011.
  17. Paris, CRIF JPPI seminar, March 3, 2015, notes by Dov Maimon.
  18. * For the full report on the 2015 Israel-Diaspora Dialogue see: Shmuel Rosner, “Jewish Values and Israel’s Use of Force in Armed Conflict: Perspectives from World Jewry,” JPPI, July 2015. The report can be found on our website: www.jppi.org.il.

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