By N. Rubin
The Oslo strategy of September 1993 to January 2001 finally caused an enduring holiday in American Judaism's conventional wall-to-wall aid for any Israeli govt. Drawing on huge new assets, Rubin analyzes what this intended for the yank and Israeli Jewish communities―critical constituencies in earlier and destiny negotiations.
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88 Conservative Judaism did have an official American Zionist operation, called Mercaz (which means “center” in Hebrew). However, Mercaz had a low profile and the movement traditionally worked to strengthen its congregations, Ramah camps, and main university—the Jewish Theological Seminary of America—more than anything else. A Holocaust Agenda Achieved Beyond the pro-Israel agenda, until the advent of the Oslo years, American Jewry had focused on the campaign to free Soviet Jews. That was part of an overall strategy in which American Jews would simply speak out on anything they felt threatened their agenda.
The gathering is North America’s largest annual meeting of Jewish volunteer and professional leaders, and its programming focus often both reflects and advances initiatives for the coming year. In 1991, the attention was on recognizing the need to build Jewish identity at home, which would then hopefully forge a Jewish identity that would naturally turn toward concern for Jews overseas. ” This was reflected in the introduction of divrei Torahs (commentaries on the week’s Torah portion) now being given at the start of board meetings for Jewish organizations, sometimes by people who rarely studied traditional Jewish text.
65 Such efforts, however, were to no avail for Bush as the forty-first US president would be defeated in the November 3, 1992, presidential election. With an overwhelming 80 percent of American Jews having voted for Democratic Party candidate William Jefferson “Bill” Clinton, the GOP outreach effort to Jewish voters had resoundingly failed. Meanwhile American Jews were dealing with a new internal crisis when it came to Jerusalem’s new prime minister. Shortly after taking office, Rabin, known for his gruff persona, had criticized AIPAC for exacerbating tensions with Washington in the way it plowed ahead with the loan guarantees request.
American Jewry and the Oslo Years by N. Rubin