Editor: Rob Malley

Robert Malley is a non-resident Senior Fellow at the U.S./Middle East Project, and editor of the US/MEPolicy series. He is also the Director of the International Crisis Group's Middle East and North Africa Program.

Individual Briefs

August 2, 2011
‘Facts on the Ground’ in Israel/Palestine
June 23, 2011
Perspectives on the Arab Spring
March 2, 2011
The Middle East in the Aftermath of the Revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia
September 10, 2010
Israel, Iran and the United States
September 3, 2010
Preparing for the End Game: United Nations Membership for Palestine
July 9, 2010
The Palestinian ‘Reconciliation’ Maze
June 2, 2010
The New Iraq and the Palestine Question
May 1, 2010
Peacekeeping in Palestine
December 11, 2007
Looking Back, Looking Forward: Washington’s Playbook After Annapolis
November 10, 2007

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General Brent Scowcroft, Eric Melby and Henry Siegman

General Brent Scowcroft, Eric Melby and Henry Siegman

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Does America really ‘share values’ with today’s Israel?

In the late sixties or early seventies, when I served as the executive head of the Synagogue Council of America, the coordinating body for certain social action and interreligious activities of the Orthodox, Conservative and Reform national rabbinical and congregational organizations in the United States, I had a private conversation—one of many—with Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, who was considered the leader of modern Orthodoxy in the United States, if not the world.

Rabbi Soloveitchik had just completed a high-level seminar attended by a select group of rabbis and Christian ministers. I asked him if he would agree to lead another such a seminar on the Jewish attachment to the Land of Israel and the concept of “kedushat haaretz” (the holiness of the land), and how these are to be differentiated from concepts such as “blut und boden” (blood and land) at the heart of German fascism and other totalitarian regimes.

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