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By N. Rubin

The Oslo technique of September 1993 to January 2001 eventually caused an everlasting holiday in American Judaism's conventional wall-to-wall aid for any Israeli govt. Drawing on large new resources, Rubin analyzes what this intended for the yank and Israeli Jewish communities―critical constituencies in prior and destiny negotiations.

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He did, however, offer the requisite words on Israel any serious presidential candidate would. 16 Besides, if personal chemistry was important in peace making, it would be hard to imagine political figures more opposite than Bill Clinton and Yitzhak Rabin. The Israeli’s experience clearly dwarfed the American’s when it came The Rabin-Peres Years ● 47 to politics, international relations, and military affairs.

45 There was some dissension among some smaller and liberal American groups who agreed with Baker that Shamir’s government should not be allowed to use US-guaranteed funds to help build settlements. Prior to the mid-February 1992 National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council (NJCRAC) plenum, the traditional arena for argument and the resulting quasi-consensus resolutions guiding organized American Jewish life,46 the AJCongress, Union of American Hebrew Congregations (now the Union for Reform Judiasm), and CRCs of Milwaukee and Detroit introduced a resolution explicitly urging a settlements freeze.

The 1967 Revolution As mentioned, the nervous buildup to and then the triumphant battles of the 1967 war all but eradicated the hostility and even ambivalence among American Jews who did not already consider themselves Zionists. Indeed, the powerful emotions conjured by a biblically significant and triumphant six-day campaign—echoing the period of creation in the Hebrew Bible—enthralled and captivated American Jews and much of the world. One poignant example came with the publishing of Israel: Echo of Eternity by Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, the influential Jewish Theological Seminary rabbi known for combining spirituality and civic activism in advocating for the civil rights movement and against the Vietnam War.

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