Well, that’s a great question.
And I think we have to be honest. There is a very important and useful debate going on in the American Jewish community about sort of how to relate to Israel. And it has probably to do with what kind of state Israel will be. Will it be a Jewish state? Will it be a democratic state? Can it be both, hopefully?
And the lion’s share of the American Jewish community remains committed to Israel being a Jewish and a democratic state that lives in a two-state peace situation with the Palestinians.
But, at the same time, there’s great consternation about not only the failure to bring about a two-state solution, but the status of Palestinians in Israel, Israeli citizens who are Palestinian.
The sectarian violence recently is an existential issue for Israel. And so, in many respects, what we have ongoing now, I think, from my own anecdotal experience, is a kind of rising and difficult debate. I think it has to be said that many American Jews, in engaging with Israel, haven’t engaged much with their own Palestinian population there.
And so many — much of this is new and difficult. And it’s a hard conversation to have, but it’s a necessary conversation.
So, as the administration, the Biden administration, moves to reengage with the Palestinians and with the Israelis, and push an almost dead peace process forward, it’s going to be critical that this conversation take place. And it’s going to be a difficult one.
So — and I can see that the fissures within the Democratic Party will probably be exploited by the Republican Party for political purposes. This is Washington, after all. We expect that. But this debate is important to have, nevertheless.