Simple Answers to Stupid Questions: Zionism Department

Sometimes it’s easy to overthink things. Andrew Sullivan asks:

My own view is that the interests of the US require pressuring Israel to agree to a reasonable two-state solution soon. Maybe I’m wrong. But could a Jewish person convinced of the same argument remain a Jew in good standing?

Yes. Next question?

Is a commitment to Zionism in defense of Greater Israel a disqualifier from being part of the Jewish people?

No, but it is a disqualifier from being intelligent.

Andrew’s own position is evolving, so maybe they are harder for him. But for those of us who follow the issue, this really isn’t that hard. I confess to being continually surprised by essays on both sides lauded by their supporters as “courageous,” which say absolutely nothing new.

Geuninely new and interesting ideas, such as Sari Nusseibeh’s inspired suggestion for having both peoples vote on an American proposal, get no traction because they shift the paradigm and so cannot be understood. So we just rehash the old arguments, watch Zionism self-destruct, and return to Yavneh.

[Cross-posted at The Reality-Based Community]

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Jonathan Zasloff

Jonathan Zasloff is a professor of law at the University of California, Los Angeles.