Pro Israel Rally in New York 521.
(photo credit: brendan mcdermid / reuters)
When US President Barack Obama visits Jerusalem in March, he is expected to urge
Israel to refrain from taking precipitate military action against Iran’s nuclear
weapons program. But with Iran’s recently announced plan to install 3,000
advanced high-speed centrifuges at its Natanz nuclear facility, the likelihood
of unilateral Israeli action may actually be greater than ever.Many of
us who deal with Jewish public affairs in the US have been quietly considering
this possibility. The obvious question is: If an Israeli attack were to occur,
how should the American Jewish community respond? The issue is particularly
complex given the severity of the Iranian nuclear threat, the risks and multiple
potential outcomes of an Israeli strike, and what’s sure to be vocal opposition
to Israeli military intervention among progressive Jews already disillusioned
with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s “hard-line” policies.
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