Netanyahu's lesson for American liberals: Zionism is not synonymous with liberalism

The Jewish State is not perfectly compatible with liberal ideals

Israel will remain different so long as it defines itself in Zionist terms.
(Image credit: (Illustration by Lauren Hansen | Images courtesy Corbis))

The vast majority of American Jews are Zionists. A solid majority of them are also liberals. But that doesn't mean that Zionism is a liberal political philosophy.

This seems an important point to make in the wake of Israel's election this week — an election in which the Likud Party not only came in first but surged in the final days as Benjamin Netanyahu lurched to the illiberal right, demonizing Israel's Arab citizens for daring to vote and vowing to oppose the creation of a Palestinian state. (Netanyahu has already begun to walk back both statements.)

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