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Выписки: Aggressive Defensiveness

В выпуске журнала Экономист от 28 июля был special report про Израиль, иудаизм и евреев. Ниже выписка из длинной вводной статьи с оптимистичным заголовоком “Alive and Well”. Видит бог, я еврейским вопросом не особо интересуюсь последние годы. Мне просто любопытно будет послушать, как профессиональные евреи будут обвинять журнал Экономист в неосведомленности, передергивании и предвзятости. Ну и в антисемитизме, куда уж без этого. Если уже начали обвинять, дайте мне пожалуйста ссылочек. Оппонирование будет требовать от них известного мастерства, это все-таки не над дедушкой Фредом смеяться.

А в целом-то report, хоть мне и не очень интересный, находится на стандартном для Экономиста высоком уровне в плане appreciation of complexity™. Ну то есть Israel is at a crossroads как обычно.

The prevailing political sentiment in Jewry today is of aggressive defensiveness, a curious amalgam of victimhood and intolerance. Dissent about Israel is discouraged and often gagged outright. Among British Jewry, some 300,000 strong, “a positively McCarthyite atmosphere has been created,” says Jonathan Freedland, a political columnist. “People are frightened to say what they feel.” In America “honest discussion about Israel is largely shut down,” notes Arnold Eisen, a historian and chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary, a rabbinical school in New York. “Some rabbis will speak their minds… but people don’t want to fight and there is a disinclination to argue about Israel. The right says you’re giving aid and comfort to the enemy if you say anything critical about any Israeli policy.” Given Israel’s power and diaspora Jewry’s strength and influence, that seems paradoxical.

Resurgent religious faith is deeply caught up in this. Nationalism, xenophobia and Judaism blur and merge. Jews find themselves out of step with most of world opinion, which heightens a widespread sense of apprehensiveness. Iran’s threats and nuclear pretensions provide a focus for these feelings. Diaspora Jewish leaders insist that Israel is misunderstood. They attribute criticism to anti-Semitism, which is rising again.

Arthur Green, a scholar of Jewish mysticism and a professor at a rabbinical school in Boston, blames Israel’s policy and American Jewry’s blanket support for it “for the fact that lots and lots of thinking Jews are walking away. And then we say, well, they’re not committed Jews anyway, so who cares about them?”

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