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Jewish Values and Israel’s Use of Force in Armed Conflict: Perspectives from World Jewry

• Many Jews around the world feel that their lives are directly affected by Israel’s actions in the security sphere. Some feel physically threatened in the wake of Israeli actions, but even those who do not may still feel that Israel’s actions affect them on many levels, from Jewish intra-communal relations to their interaction with the non-Jewish world.

• Many Jews openly express discomfort with, or only reluctantly accept, the role of Israel “ambassadors” they are forced to play, whether they want to or not.

• Within the Jewish community it is increasingly hard to talk about Israel without getting into a political dispute – leading some Diaspora Jews to conclude that it is best to keep discussions of Israel at a minimum.

• The rising prevalence of Jewish intermarriage is producing a growing number of Jews who have to talk about Israel with non-Jewish family members and don’t know how to go about it. In many instances these problems are causing people to “lower their Jewish profile” in order to avoid confrontation.