As the Israeli government reflects its growing ultra-Orthodox population, older, liberal American Jews find themselves uncomfortably supporting an illiberal cause, while their children aren’t tempted to support the cause at all.
Peter Beinart identifies this schism in Jewish America. "For several decades," he says, "the Jewish establishment has asked American Jews to check their liberalism at Zionism's door and now, to their horror, they are finding that many young Jews have checked their Zionism instead."
The event was part of the 2010 Melbourne Writers Festival.
Peter Beinart is associate professor of journalism and political science at the City University of New York. He is also a contributor to The Atlantic and National Journal, a senior columnist at Haaretz, a CNN Political Commentator, and a senior fellow at The New America Foundation.
Kerry O'Brien is one of the most prominent and respected names in Australian journalism. He has won many accolades, including the top award in journalism, the Gold Walkley.
Born in Queensland, O'Brien started as a news cadet in 1966. He has worked in newspapers, wire service and television news and current affairs, as a general reporter, feature writer, political and foreign correspondent, interviewer and compere. O'Brien came to The 7.30 Report, after six years as compere/interviewer of the ABC's highly respected Lateline program. Since December 1995, O'Brien has been editor and compere of the national 7.30 Report. He also anchors and moderates the ABC's election telecasts.
Peter Beinart, senior political writer for The Daily Beast, discusses the path to a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine. "The United States has to support the idea of a Palestinian national government, a unity government that includes Hamas," he argues. Beinart additionally urges Hamas to join a Palestinian unity government and consent to a Palestinian referendum to determine future negotiations.