American Jews and Faith in Israel
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Israel claims to be the only democracy in the Middle East, but it continues to occupy the Palestinian West Bank and support the expansion of illegal settlements. Is that a contradiction of Israel’s founding values? Is it causing a "crisis of Zionism?" Also, President Obama calls for increased oversight of oil markets, and the space shuttle Discovery arrived in its earth-bound museum today, as NASA announced the first private mission to the orbiting space lab. We hear what to expect from the Dragon, made by Space X.
Banner image: Left wing Israeli activists are arrested by Israeli police as they demonstrate in favor of the 'Welcome to Palestine' fly-in protest on April 15, 2012 at the Ben Gurion Air Port near Tel Aviv, Israel. Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images
Obama Calls for Increased Oversight of Oil Markets ()
Gasoline prices are up around $4 a gallon, the highest they've ever been in the month of April. At the White House today, President Obama said it's time for action. Keith Johnson is staff reporter covering energy for the Wall Street Journal.
- Keith Johnson: Wall Street Journal
American Jews and Faith in Israel ()
Palestinian statehood is in diplomatic mothballs, while the world focuses on crises in Syria, Egypt and other parts of the Middle East. On Sunday, Israel denied entry and deported several dozen pro-Palestinian activists who flew into Tel Aviv's airport. Hundreds of police and security personnel were deployed, although the protesters said their goal was to plant trees in Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank. Meanwhile, an observant Jew and well-known journalist, Peter Beinhart, has created a firestorm with a book called The Crisis of Zionism. He argues that Israel's expanding settlements violate the Jewish commitment to equality and democracy. He concludes that a new generation of liberal American Jews is faced with a contradiction that the Jewish establishment fails to recognize. Will they support a state that's not living up to its founding ideals, or adhere to liberal Zionism while their support for Israel withers away?
- Joel Greenberg: Jerusalem-based freelance reporter
- Peter Beinart: City University of New York, @PeterBeinart
- Daniel Gordis: Shalem Foundation, @DanielGordis
- Aaron Taxy: Trojans for Israel
- Rae Abileah: Young, Jewish and Proud, @raeabileah
All Signs Go for First Private Flight to Space Station ()
America's government-funded Space Shuttle Discovery made its final flight today — from the Kennedy Space Center, over Washington and the National Mall -- to a museum at Dulles International Airport. Other shuttles will go to New York and Los Angeles while one stays in Florida. Meantime, NASA has scheduled the first private rendezvous with the orbiting space station for the end of this month. Eric Berger is space and science reporter for the Houston Chronicle.
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