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Lesser Israel

How Jewish Extremism Threatens Zionism

Author: Jeffrey Goldberg
July/August 2013
Foreign Affairs


The highlight of U.S. President Barack Obama's visit in March to Israel -- the highlight, at least, for Obama, although probably not for his host, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu -- was an emotional speech he delivered to a surprisingly enthusiastic crowd of Israelis at Jerusalem's International Convention Center. Obama gave an eloquent defense of the dream and promise of Zionism and simultaneously pleaded with Israelis to understand the predicament of the Palestinians.

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