Israel must therefore immediately undertake a thorough examination of the American motives for support: We should look at which components of this support are out of date and which can be rehabilitated or boosted.
The Holocaust of European Jewry, for example, served in the past as a powerful basis for the national demands of the survivors, yet the dozens of years that have passed since then have weakened the weight of this component considerably. Israel's location and status during the Cold War, as a Western outpost in the heart of the Soviet sphere of influence, is another motive that has faded away.The Jewish community, whose immense contribution to shaping the essential American support is unquestionable, is not growing, and it is doubtful whether it will keep investing in Israel as it does today. Intermarriage and the complete and successful integration into American life, and the process of distancing, in generational terms, from the historic origins of Jewish existence all serve to shape political support patterns for a candidate or party that are premised on general considerations, which have nothing to do with the "Israeli" position.
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