The Dilemmas of Israel Power

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This article is about Peter Beinart's book 'The Crisis of Zionism' which is said to be important because it rejects the manipulation of Jewish victimhood in the name of Israel's domination and says that the real issue for Jews today is not the challenge of weakness but the demands for power.

This article used value claims, which are not factual claims, but about meaning, purpose, what is good and moral. One use of value claim was when Beinart said in the book 'That [Jewish] power, for 45 years now, has been exercised over millions of Palestinians who enjoy none of the rights and citizenship and all the humiliations of an occupied people' in contrast to the 'Jewish community that has never been more integrated or influential'. I feel Beinart was trying to point out explicitly that it is wrong of the Jews to feel victimized because they have a home in the United States and a good Jewish community who enjoy the rights of citizens.

Beinart also says that 'the mass of American Jews are to the left of the organizations that speak in their name, organizations and that almost always oppose U.S. pressure on Israeli leaders and blame the Palestinians almost exclusively for the lack of Middle East peace'. I believed this was a value claim because it showed how he felt the Jews were only following people who blamed the Palestinians and didn't believe their behavior was proper.

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