American Prospect correspondent Gershom Gorenberg offers a trenchant, personal look at the difficulties facing religious Jews who take a critical stance toward Israeli policies, and at the dangers that fundamentalist Zionism poses not only to Israel, but to Judaism itself:

The tension of being an Orthodox dove is partly sociological. Most Israeli Jews with whom I could pray don’t share my political views. Most Israelis who share my politics do not understand why I enter a synagogue. More basically, the presumption of the society in which I live is that one cannot be an Orthodox critic of the occupation. That matching up of the political divide and the secular-religious one is a mistake. For a religious dove, however, there is an additional dimension to the argument about territories, settlements, and peace: The stakes are not only the future of one’s country but also of one’s religion.


In the public sphere in Israel, Judaism is identified with the worship of land, not with the pursuit of peace. For those of us in a half-visible minority of a minority, that’s one more pressing reason to end the occupation.

Read Gorenberg’s piece in its entirety here.