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2017 Annual Assessment

As the West itself is highly polarized, dynamics in Israel, where right wing, nationalistic and religious tendencies are on the rise, could lead to conflicting influences. Western liberals tend to perceive Israel as abandoning some of the core values it has traditionally shared with the West. But this is not the case for conservative elements in the West, who prefer nationalism over cosmopolitanism and are dissatisfied with the prevailing order.

  • Growing doubts among left-wing groups about Israel’s commitment to liberal values (rule of law, liberty, justice, ethics, democracy, religious pluralism, human rights, minority rights, and fighting racism), should worry Israeli decision makers on two levels: one relates to the ideological essence of the Jewish state and the other relates to the values at the foundation of Israel’s special relationship with the United States and liberal American Jewry.
  • Israel, which has faced the challenge of striking a balance between its “Jewish” and “Democratic” characteristics since its founding, can offer the West a model for a successful coexistence between nationalism and liberalism.