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November 24, 2016 23:02

Not that of the zealots.
Adam Chandler, a writer who lives in New York, nails the case for a progressive Israel here.

For those less engrossed by politics, Israel's cultural exports represent the creative expression of an open society. Israeli musicians and dancers tour the globe, attracting many admirers. The works of Israeli artists hang in galleries and museums in the world's major cultural centers. Additionally, there may not be better ambassadors for the soul of Israel than writers like Amos Oz, Etgar Keret and David Grossman - cherished figures in numerous literary communities abroad.

Most important, there is a burgeoning of political groups in Israel building momentum through salons and demonstrations, groups that may, despite a political climate that is increasingly hostile to them, someday emerge as part of a powerful new Zionist left. Behind these groups are tens of thousands of Israelis who share a progressive vision for their country. They desperately need allies abroad who believe in their goals, and can help define and advance their movement.

The need for a democratic counterweight in Israel has never been more dire. We have it in our power - and it is our responsibility - to help strengthen Israeli democracy and ensure its survival. This work cannot be done without its Sieradskis here in America and across the Diaspora. And without concentrated pushback, the madness leading Israel off its rational course will only deepen.

November 24, 2016 23:02

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