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bent reality” and also quoted opinion polls that “show a bdecline in hostility to Jews.”

bTwo Jewish papers, the Cleveland Jewish News and the bPhiladelphia Jewish Exponent, were annoyed at my continued bpresence in America, asking: “Did he make aliyah or didn’t bhe?” The American ExaminerJewish Week carried a full- bpage discussion of the problem featuring the articles by bmyself and Abram and their own editorial on the subject. bWhile rejecting my view, for the first time another Jewish bvoice took the Establishment to task for its “prim and com- bplacent rhetoric” and “Pollyana rebuttals,” declaring that b“great numbers [of American Jews] are deeply troubled. bThey have a right to feel troubled.”

bBut this was a distinct voice in the wilderness. The Estab- blishment, including its spiritual shepherds, joined in the bhysteria (what in the world could the suburban rabbis, in btheir sleek contentment, do in Israel aside from having to bwork?) Rabbi William Berkowitz, President of the New York bBoard of Rabbis, in a statement that betrayed as little polit- bical acumen as theological knowledge, invoked the Talmud b(in whose divine origin he does not believe), blithely did baway with the commandment to live in the Land of Israel, band declared: “As American Jews the demands of the hour bshould not cause us to give up on America. . . . The solu- btion is not escape; it is mass involvement. . . .”

bBut perhaps the most illuminating aspect of the whole bbizarre struggle was the attack by the Zionist leadership. bOne might have expected these people, who had long since bbetrayed honest Zionism, at least to have the decency to be bsilent when someone else spoke the truth. But no, perhaps bthey, more than others, could not bear to hear the truth that bthey had so long ignored. And so it was perhaps not strange bto hear Mrs. Charlotte Jacobson, Hadassah woman and bchairperson of the American section of the World Zionist bOrganization, attack JDL “defeatism” and call for aliyah bbased on a “true love of Zion and a desire to live a fuller life bas Jews in Israel”—presumably the kind of motivation that bhas made aliyah such a “success” until now.

bA similar phenomenon of Zionist “Apostacy” occurred in b 

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