I don’t usually quibble with what’s written about me, but hey! I only have one biography to give for my nation.
Philip Weiss writes at Mondoweiss:
The ’67 War galvanized… young Gershom Gorenberg to move to Israel.
At the time of the 1967 war, I was 11 years old, in 6th grade, living with my parents in Los Angeles. I moved to Israel 10 years later. My decision had nothing to do with the 1967 war. I preferred living here because there is no split between Jewish and general politics, between being a Jew and a citizen. This is the meaning of national liberation: When I criticize the Israeli government, I do it as a citizen bearing the full risks and benefits of any decision that government may take. This, in fact, is the reason that Israeli debate is fiercer than that among Diaspora Jews, something which Weiss has sought and failed to understand.
Phil – the answer is Zionism. It’s our country, and we feel free to say what we want about it. Indeed, we feel obligated to speak.
I don’t fault American Jews for deciding not to live here. (It’s a difficult decision, as I know well.) I would like them to support Israel in a way that takes into account its need for peace. I also think that Philip Weiss could show more compassion for the dilemmas that many Diaspora Jews face in doing so.
I’ve written more on those dilemmas here.