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Gershom Gorenberg: "The Remaking of Israel — The Need for a Second Republic" 

When: Sun., March 10, 7 p.m. 2013
From reading impassioned Facebook posts about the Middle East and watching 24-hour cable news (or for that matter, Christian TV stations), it would be easy to get the impression there are only two schools of thought when it comes to Israel — those who think it is a divinely ordained nation that has the right to do whatever it pleases, and those who wish to destroy it. But the truth is much more complex, particularly within the Israeli and Jewish-American populations. As Gershom Gorenberg argues in his 2011 book The Unmaking of Israel, not only is it possible to be anti-occupation and pro-Israel at the same time, but it is quite common. In fact, the majority of Israelis now oppose the settlement movement and favor a two-state solution, but feel powerless in the face of an extremely religious and relentless settler movement. Gorenberg, a senior correspondent for The American Prospect and contributor to The Atlantic Monthly and The New York Times, will offer his thoughts on how Israel must change in order to remain a healthy democracy, in a talk titled “The Remaking of Israel: The Need for a Second Republic.” Sponsored by the Nashville chapter of J Street, which bills itself as “the political home for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans.”
— Jack Silverman

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