Haaretz had an interesting article about a new group of Jews who are trying to figure out “Israel’s status in the Jewish world”, like the rest of us. It doesn’t seem that much will come out of this group, but a few interesting thoughts were raised about the place of Israel among Jewish communities.
(Note: The Israel Forum mentioned in the article has nothing to do with the Israel Forum here in NYC)
My view is that Israelis think of American Jewry in terms of “The rich Aunt from America”. Maybe its time to realize that there is an abusive relationship between both communities; the Israeli Jewish community being aggressive and very self-centered and the American Jewish community creating a fantasy of a country that never really existed.