Go to a synagogue, a Jewish youth group meeting, or indeed any place where Diaspora Jews are gathered, and one will almost certainly find some discussion of Israel’s foreign and defence policy. The very extensive coverage of the Arab-Israeli conflict/peace process by the international media means that Israeli policy is the most prominent public expression of collective Jewish action. Consequently, it is very difficult for Diaspora Jews to ignore Israeli actions and even assimilated Jews have felt implicated by Israeli policies.

Jonathan Rynhold, Israel’s foreign and defence policy and Diaspora Jewish identity, Danny Ben-Moshe and Zohar Segev, Israel, the Diaspora and Jewish Identity, Sussex Academic Press 2008

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